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Nick Cave to narrate audiobook of upcoming memoir

'Faith, Hope and Carnage' is released on 20 September

By Sam Moore

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The latest instalment of Cave's newsletter is a heartfelt one. (Photo: Press)

Nick Cave is set to narrate the audiobook version of his upcoming memoir ‘Faith, Hope and Carnage’.

The book is based upon over 40 hours of interviews Cave did with his friend and journalist Sean O’Hagan and is set to be released on 20 September.

The book will cover the events of Cave’s life following the death of his son Arthur in 2015. Arthur fell from a cliff near the family’s home in Brighton and later died of his injuries.

Cave narrates ‘Faith, Hope and Carnage’ along with O’Hagan and the audiobook was recorded so that the listener – when wearing headphones – is hearing the speech as though they’re sitting between Cave and O’Hagan.

The audiobook version will also feature several musical snippets from three Cave albums – ‘Carnage’, ‘Skeleton Tree’ and ‘Ghosteen’.

The audiobook finishes with a 12-minute conversation between Cave and O’Hagan about the process of recording the book.

‘Faith, Hope and Carnage’ co-directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard commented on putting together the audiobook, saying: “Working with Nick over the years has had a fundamental impact on who we are, on how we are.”

They added: “For this audiobook we wanted to give you a direct experience—a seat at the table with Nick and Seán – two incandescent minds trying to just figure things out. Intimate, adventurous, faltering and fearless, these conversations will open your mind and heal your heart.”

Cave is also set to appear at Cheltenham Literature Festival in support of the book.

He will be in conversation with O’Hagan on 14 October at the prestigious literature event where they will discuss the process of making the book.

Jarvis Cocker is also set to appear at the festival as are the likes of Stanley Tucci, Lenny Henry and Michael Rosen.

Cave recently played his only UK tour date of 2022 at All Points East festival.