Faith, Hope and Carnage (Paperback)
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Faith, Hope and Carnage (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 01/06/2023
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Waterstones Says

Based on interviews with his long-time friend and journalist Sean O’Hagan, the iconic singer-songwriter's stunning new book reflects on various themes from collaboration to catastrophe and grief to creativity, with immense honesty and intimacy.

Sunday Times Music Book of the Year 2022

Faith, Hope and Carnage is a book about Nick Cave’s inner life.

 Created from more than forty hours of intimate conversations with the journalist Seán O’Hagan, this is a profoundly thoughtful exploration, in Cave’s own words, of what really drives his life and creativity.

 The book examines questions of belief, art, music, freedom, grief and love. It draws candidly on Cave’s life, from his early childhood to the present day, his loves, his work ethic and his dramatic transformation in recent years.

 Faith, Hope and Carnage offers ladders of hope and inspiration from a true creative visionary.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781838857684
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 215 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

An extraordinary, uplifting book . . . This is a book you could dip into if you had no knowledge of Cave at all, just to find someone unafraid to ask all the big questions: what is grief? What is forgiveness? . . . Everyday carnage has brought forth a book of hope and freedom and life - Daily Telegraph

This beautiful book is a lament, a celebration, a howl, a secular prayer, a call to arms, a meditation & an exquisite articulation of the human condition. It will take your breath away - RACHEL CLARKE, Observer

Illuminating . . . a great deal of beauty in Cave's descriptions of the "strange reckless power" that comes when the worst has happened . . . if it meets a need for Cave, it also feels like a gift to the reader - Sunday Times

An absolutely wonderful book. I don't think I've ever read so integrated and searching an engagement with how faith works, how creativity works, and how grief is bound up with both - ROWAN WILLIAMS

A masterpiece - The Age

Faith, Hope and Carnage redefines the potential potency of a memoir, creating a bold, brave and brilliant book that deserves to be read, reread and cherished as an illuminating reflection of how we haven't developed the vocabulary to adequately explore death and its aftermath - Irish Times

Ultimately enriching . . . suffused with love, teeming with ideas - Guardian

The most compelling book of the year - raw pain and struggle thought through and explored with rare courage - New Statesman, Books of the Year

Immensely eloquent and wise . . . a tender guide to the transformative potential of grief - Telegraph, Best Music Books of 2022

Cave is one hell of a writer . . . An extraordinary, one-of-a-kind book . . . Cave is a miraculously fluent talker, incapable of a dull line. Many of the sentences have an aphoristic punch . . . It is impossible to overstate how unusual it is to find this depth of self-analysis and wisdom from a rock musician. Faith, Hope and Carnage makes most rock memoirs look like skips full of rusty anecdotes and grudges - DORIAN LYNSKEY, UnHerd

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“Perfect choice”

The nook has neen purchased as a Christmas gift for a staunch Nick Cave fan....I am sure the book will be read and then re-read. It was delivered on time, well wrapped and I was able to rewrap and send without any... More

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Dave at Hastings

“Uplifting and unexpected”

An excellent discussion about creativity, bereavement and faith (and any number of other subjects) which is unputdownable. Outside of his time with The Birthday Party, I'm really not an expert on Cave's... More

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“The Bats are finally released.”

I don't go much for celebrity biographies, but when someone I admire releases something, I look up, especially when he is usually so secretive and private. O'Hagan has got inside Nick Cave in some extremely... More

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