Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan unveil cover of new book, ‘Faith, Hope and Carnage’

The Bad Seeds frontman's new book is drawn from over 40 hours of interviews with journalist Seán O’Hagan

Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan have today (March 29) revealed the cover for their upcoming book, Faith, Hope and Carnage.

The book was announced last year and is drawn from more than 40 hours of conversations between The Bad Seeds frontman and Observer journalist Sean O’Hagan.

Faith, Hope and Carnage will cover Cave’s perspective and personal life over the six years since the death of his son Arthur, who died in July 2015 at the age of 15.


Faith, Hope & Carnage promises to be a thoughtful book about Cave’s inner life over the last six years, a meditation on big ideas including, faith, art, music, grief and much more,” a synopsis for the book states. “It is a project prompted by lockdown, and one that sits comfortably alongside Cave’s weekly mailing list The Red Hand Files.

“It is at once borne of and in some sense a tribute to the stillness – and imperative period of reflection – wrought by a global pandemic.”

Now, publishers Canongate have released the cover design for the project, which you can see below.

Designed by Alex Merto, the book’s cover depicts a silver circle against a clean, white background, with the names of the authors in a strong black font.

About the design, Merto comments: “There isn’t a single image that could succinctly capture all that the conversations touched on in this book, so I wanted the cover to be open to interpretation. It could be a halo or a ring. It could be an entrance or an absence. A moon, or a sun, or an ouroboros. My desire was to create something iconic and timeless.”


Faith, Hope and Carnage will be published in the UK and United States on September 20 2022 and can be pre-ordered via one of the links here.

Speaking about the project last year, Cave said: “This is the first interview I’ve given in years. It’s over 40 hours long. That should do me for the duration, I think.

“It has been a strange, anchoring pleasure to talk to Sean O’Hagan through these uncertain times, and a pleasure to continue my relationship with Canongate, who are as ever committed and passionate.”

O’Hagan added that Faith, Hope & Carnage is a book “of intimate and often surprising conversations in which Nick Cave talks honestly about his life, his music and the dramatic transformation of both, wrought by personal tragedy.

“Arranged around a series of themes – including songwriting, grief, creativity, collaboration, catastrophe, defiance and mortality – it provides deep insight into the singular mind of one of the most original and challenging artists of our time, as well as exploring the complex dynamic between faith and doubt that underpins his work.”

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