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Nick Cave to publish memoir on life after the death of his son

By | Published on Monday 20 September 2021

Nick Cave

Nick Cave is to publish a new memoir about his life following the death of his son Arthur in 2015. Titled ‘Faith, Hope And Carnage’, the book is based on 40 hours of interviews with journalist Sean O’Hagan.

“This is the first interview I’ve given in years”, says Cave. “It’s over 40 hours long. That should do me for the duration, I think. [It was] a strange, anchoring pleasure to talk to Sean O’Hagan through these uncertain times”.

O’Hagan adds: “This is a book of intimate and often surprising conversations in which Nick Cave talks honestly about his life, his music and the dramatic transformation of both, wrought by personal tragedy”.

“Arranged around a series of themes – including songwriting, grief, creativity, collaboration, catastrophe, defiance and mortality – it provides deep insight into the singular mind of one of the most original and challenging artists of our time”, he goes on, “as well as exploring the complex dynamic between faith and doubt that underpins his work”.

The book is set to hit shelves in autumn 2022.