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12 June 2019Faber and Faber

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Faber and Faber Toby Faber Wednesday 12 June 2019

90 Years of Excellence in Cover Design

Since its foundation in 1925, Faber and Faber is the last of the great publishing houses to remain independent. This lecture traces its history through its illustrations, covers and designs. It features artists from Rex Whistler and Barnett Freedman to Peter Blake and Damien Hirst

Slides will range from book covers and photos of key individuals to illustrations of the concepts behind the designs. The talk is also peppered with personal insight and anecdote, whether it is Lord of The Flies being rescued off the slush pile, or the decision made while he was Managing Director to turn down Life of Pi.


Toby Faber is the grandson of its founder and grew up steeped in its books. His career began with Natural Sciences at Cambridge and has been through investment banking, management consulting and five years as managing director where he remains on the board.