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       Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967. He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language (a course involving translation and criticism of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English texts) and English Literature. He graduated in 1980. He worked as a cleaner and at various other casual jobs, before training as a nurse at Marrickville and Western Suburbs hospitals in Sydney. He nursed until the mid-1990s. In 1993 he, his second wife and family emigrated to Scotland, where they still reside.



Under the Skin (2000)

The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps (2001)

The Crimson Petal and the White (2002) Download

The Courage Consort (2002)

The Book of Strange New Things (2014)


Some Rain Must Fall: And Other Stories (1998)

The Fahrenheit Twins (2005)

The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories (2006)

Vanilla Bright like Eminem (2007)

Ox-Tales:Water (2009) (with William Boyd, Giles Foden, Esther Freud, Zoë Heller, Heri Kunzu, Michael Morpurgo, David Park and Vikram Seth)

Non fiction

Not One More Death (2006) (with Richard Dawkins, Brian Eno, John Le Carré and Harold Pinter)

Series contributed to


The Fire Gospel (2006)

Elsewhere (with Roddy Doyle and Jackie Kay)

Somewhere (2012)

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