Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories by Michel  Faber
(Canongate, 1998)

Some Rain Must Fall and Other Stories

by Michel Faber

Michel Faber’s first collection of short stories reveals an extraordinarily vivid imagination, a deep love of language and an adventurous versatility. Playful, yet profoundly moving, wickedly satirical yet sincerely humane, these tales never fail to strike unexpected chords.

The title story, ‘Some Rain Must Fall’ (winner of the 1998 Ian St James Award), juxtaposes the tragic circumstances of traumatised schoolchildren with the interior monologue of a teacher/psychologist enlisted to aid their recovery.

In the pseudo-sci-fi ‘Fish’ (winner of the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday competition in 1996) a mother tries to protect her child in a terrifying world where fish swim through the streets and lurk in alleyways.