The Bookseller, article by Charlotte Eyre. Read the full story.
Oliver Jeffers’ next book, due for release by HarperCollins Children’s Books in September, will be a modern-day fable for readers of all ages.
The Fate of Fausto, created using traditional lithographic printmaking techniques at a Paris fine-art printing house, is about a man called Fausto who wants to own everything he sees.
Jeffers said: “The Fate of Fausto was written over three years ago. It felt timely then, and even more so now. I was in a car on the north coast of Antrim, overlooking the sea while watching a storm come in. My thoughts wandered to my smallness against this rolling giant, and I thought of how much control we believe we have on nature when surely it’s the opposite. All the things on the pages are those I saw around me in that moment. While the story is a fable for today, it also feels like an old tale. To honour this timelessness, I wanted to make it using traditional lithography and typesetting. The results are mildly controlled accidents that have stumbled upon beauty. This book feels radically different from any of my other books, but I feel it might hold the most power and importance in its intentions.”
According to HarperCollins Jeffers has sold more than 12 million books worldwide and his works have been translated into 45 languages. He has won prizes including the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year, the Irish Children’s Book of the Year. He is represented by Paul Moreton of Bell Lomax Moreton.