We’re thrilled to announce a three-book deal with Richard Ayoade. The three books will combine Ayoade’s furious obsession with film with his innate sense of life’s ridiculousness. The first, Ayoade on Ayoade, is scheduled for publication in November 2014.
Ayoade on Ayoade shows a film-maker exploring himself, respectfully, insightfully, and sometimes by surprise. Ayoade takes us on a journey that has the courage to step inside; it is both a celebration and a slap: a call to arms for those without weapons. It is a eulogy; it is a rebirth; it is both recognition and re-ignition of this flickering myth we call film.
‘Faber and Faber has long been one of the most respected and prestigious publishing houses in the country. It is with great pleasure that I can be present at the start of its decline.’ Richard Ayoade
Since his much-loved portrayal of Moss in the Emmy-award winning The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade has appeared on tv in Gadget Man and Was It Something I Said, as well as adapting and directing the screen version of Joe Dunthorne’s novel, Submarine. His new film,The Double, based on Dostoevsky’s story, will be released in April.
Perfect human Richard Ayoade has signed a three-book deal! He will be writing clever things about film! <3
When someone tries to talk to me about American television.
RE: Sherlock 3.1. I enjoyed every second but it was like a spoof episode what with the wall-to-wall fan service.
Wow - possible discovery of a prosthetic eye dating to 2900/2800 BCE! (here’s my piece on prosthetics in antiquity)
Here’s an awesome little piece of history:
Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking:
[The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial eye is covered with a thin layer of gold, engraved with a central circle (representing the iris) and gold lines patterned like sun rays. The female remains found with the artificial eye was 1.82 m tall (6 feet), much taller than ordinary women of her time. On both sides of the eye are drilled tiny holes, through which a golden thread could hold the eyeball in place. Since microscopic research has shown that the eye socket showed clear imprints of the golden thread, the eyeball must have been worn during her lifetime. The woman’s skeleton has been dated to between 2900 and 2800 BCE.
So she was an extraordinarily tall woman walking around wearing an engraved golden eye patterned with rays like a tiny sun. What an awesome sight that must have been.
The Burnt City was in present-day southeastern Iran.