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A monumental, genre-defying novel, The Book of Strange New Things is a masterwork from a writer in full command of his many talents.

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

Marked by the same bravura storytelling and precise language that made The Crimson Petal and the White such an international success, The Book of Strange New Things is extraordinary, mesmerizing, and replete with emotional complexity and genuine pathos.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Book of Strange New Things is Michel Faber’s second masterpiece, every bit as luminescent and memorable as The Crimson Petal and the White. It is a portrait of a living, breathing relationship, frayed by distance; it’s an enquiry into the mountains faith can move and the mountains faith can’t move. It is maniacally gripping and vibrant with wit. I didn’t so much read The Book of Strange New Things as inhabit it.”

    David Mitchell, New York Times bestselling author of Cloud Atlas

  • “Weird and disturbing, like any work of genius, this novel haunted me for the seven nights I spent reading it, and haunts me still. A story of faith that will mesmerize believers and nonbelievers alike, a story of love in the face of the Apocalypse, a story of humanity set in an alien world—The Book of Strange New Things is desperately beautiful, sad, and unforgettable.”

    David Benioff, New York Times bestselling author of City of Thieves

  • “Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things certainly lives up to its title. Faber, as he showed in Under the Skin, does strangeness brilliantly. I can’t remember being so continually and unfailingly surprised by any book for a long time, and part of the surprise is the tenderness and delicacy with which he shows an emotional relationship developing in one direction while withering in another. I found it completely compelling and believable, and admired it enormously.”

    Philip Pullman, New York Times bestselling author of His Dark Materials

  • “Provocative, unsettling.”


  • “[A] masterpiece.”


  • “Profoundly moving. . . . . A vivid portrait of a distant galaxy, reinforced by a narrative that is deeply, emotionally evocative.”

    USA Today 

  • “Elegant. . . . A lovely, thought-provoking meditation on love and faith and the never-ending mysteries of the natural world.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Defiantly unclassifiable…The Book of Strange New Things squeezes its genre ingredients to yield a meditation on suffering, love, and the origins of religious faith…Faber reminds us there is a literature of enchantment, which invites the reader to participate in the not-real in order to wake from a dream of reality to the ineffability, strangeness, and brevity of life on Earth.”

    New York Times Book Review (cover review)

  • “This is a big novel…but the reader is pulled through it at some pace by the gothic sense of anxiety that pervades and taints every element…Astonishing and deeply affecting.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A moving human drama disguised as a gripping science fiction tale…Magnificently bold and addictive…A book quite unlike any other.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A wonderful adventure story, a quasi-science fiction tale, and a probing examination of a marriage…A truly strange and wonderful novel.”

    Cleveland Plain-Dealer

  • “Wears its strong premise and mixture of Biblical and SF tropes extremely well.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A long-awaited—and brilliant and disquieting—novel of faith and redemption by British writer Faber…A profoundly religious exploration of inner turmoil.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Josh Cohen switches effortlessly between Peter’s assured British accent, Bea’s Yorkshire accent, and various others. Listeners will feel the hairs on the backs of their neck stand up upon hearing the eerie sounds of the aliens’ native language as well as their first halting attempts to speak English. However, the greater sense of unease comes from Cohen’s charged reading of Peter and Bea’s letters, which depict their uncertain marriage and faltering faith.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick in Literary Fiction for November 2014
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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