novelist and short‐story writer, born in Holland, raised in Australia, now living in Scotland. Faber's fiction is a cleverly manipulative hybrid of the psychological thriller, gothic story, and science fiction. Under the Skin (2000), for instance, gradually reveals that human‐meat‐eating aliens are at large in the Highlands. In The Hundred and Ninety‐Nine Steps (2001) a woman archaeologist at Whitby Abbey finds an old bottle with an 18th‐cent. murderer's apparent confession. His best‐known book is The Crimson Petal and the White (2002), a huge Victorian novel pastiche featuring teenage prostitute ‘Sugar’, but narrated with an unsettling modern sensibility. She reappears in The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories (2006).