It is with great joy that we open our doors to Michel Faber, critically acclaimed author of _The Crimson Petal and the White_ and _The Book of Strange New Things_. This October, Michel will delight with his debut work of non-fiction. So come along, sip a glass of wine, and explore what music means to humans and their relationship with their selves and their world.
There are countless books on music with much analysis given to musicians, bands, eras and/or genres. But rarely does a book delve into what's going on inside us when we listen. Michel Faber explores two big questions: _how_ we listen to music and _why_ we listen to music. To answer these he considers biology, age, illness, the notion of 'cool', commerce, the dichotomy between 'good' and 'bad' taste and, through extensive interviews with musicians, unlocks some surprising answers.
_Listen_ is a curious and celebratory book that reflects Michel Faber's lifelong obsession with music of all kinds. It promises nothing short of affecting your relationship with the aural world; or, in Michel's own words: 'I'm not here to change your mind about Dusty Springfield or Shostakovich or Tupac Shakur or synthpop. I'm here to change your mind about your mind.'
Michel Faber is the award-winning author of seven novels, three short-story collections and a poetry book. In addition to the Whitbread-shortlisted _Under the Skin_, he is the author of the highly acclaimed _The Crimson Petal and the White_ and _The Book of Strange New Things_, which was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and won the Saltire Book of the Year Award. Born in Holland, brought up in Australia, he now lives in the UK.
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