Books and Music at the Heart of Independent Publishing

On October 6th we bring you Love in Vain: Robert Johnson, 1911–1938, the thrilling graphic novel telling of the life of Robert Johnson, the legendary bluesman who died over 75 years ago.

Love In Vain - High Res

From ‘Crossroads Blues’ to ‘Sweet Home Chicago’, ‘Hellhound on My Trail’ to ‘Come On In My Kitchen’, Robert Johnson wrote some of the most enduring and formative songs of the original blues era, songs that would go on to help shape the birth of rock’n’roll in the 1960s. Beloved of Clapton, Dylan and the Stones, Robert Johnson remains one of the most iconic and mythologised figures in popular music (and the first of many to die at the age of 27). Born in the in the South in Mississippi, Johnson made his way to the urban North as a travelling musician, but it was only when he returned to the South that he recorded the twenty-nine songs, in two sessions, which would create his legacy.

Exploring the stories and legends that surround his life and death – his childhood, his womanising, his pact with the devil at the crossroads – Mezzo and DuPont have produced a fittingly creative and beautiful depiction of this most extraordinary life.

Praise for Love In Vain:

‘Love In Vain offers us all an ambitious and inventive retelling of Robert Johnson’s star-crossed odyssey in words and pictures that will delight blues purists and blues tourists.’ – Nick Kent

‘This book is, quite simply, a masterpiece – the quality of the artwork and the text, the poetry of the writing and the magnificent illustrations, make each of the book’s panels a true work of art.’ – Lawrence Cohn (Producer of the Grammy Award-winning album Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings)


We had such fun in at our August Faber Social we’re going to do it all over again!

Faber Social Presents


We have words from…

Paul Kingsnorth (Author of The Wake and new book Beast)
‘Like Robert Macfarlane rewritten by Cormac McCarthy.’ – Daily Telegraph

Amy Liptrot (Author of The Outrun)
‘A compelling writer – and one to watch.’ – Will Self, The Guardian

Nina Lyon (Author of Uprooted: On The Trail of the Green Man)
‘Distinguished by the excellence of its writing and its quirky, hobbyhorsical discursiveness, Uprooted is very much a book for our confusing and ever more confused times.’ – The Spectator

And playing live we’re lucky to have…

Chris T-T
‘Very, very brilliant.’ – Rolling Stone

We hope you can join us there.

Date: September 21st 2016
Address: The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD
Time: Doors 19:00, First Performance 19:30

Eventbrite - Faber Social presents Unleash the Beast


We’re really sad to announce that due to an unforeseen personal matter Tim Burgess will no longer be able to perform at this weekend’s Faber Social event in Hebden Bridge alongside Will Carruthers.

We have made the decision to cancel the event for now and hope to reschedule in the future. Ticket refunds will be available from the point of purchase.

A reminder however that Will Carruthers will be reading at Faber Social in London on Monday night alongside DBC Pierre, Joanna Walsh and Andrew Weatherall. Tickets can be purchased from here.