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Nick Cave grapples with grief and salvation in Faith, Hope and Carnage

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Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick at the 2015 BAFTAs in London. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP

Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick at the 2015 BAFTAs in London. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP

Nick Cave on tour in 2022. Photo: Megan Cullen

Nick Cave on tour in 2022. Photo: Megan Cullen

Faith, Hope and Carnage can be harrowing at times

Faith, Hope and Carnage can be harrowing at times

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform at Primavera Sound Festival in 2018 in Barcelona

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform at Primavera Sound Festival in 2018 in Barcelona

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Nick Cave and his wife Susie Bick at the 2015 BAFTAs in London. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP

“This is not a memoir,” reads the notice on the back of the book. “This is a conversation.” A 270-page conservation, between Observer writer Sean O’Hagan and singer Nick Cave. Faith, Hope and Carnage is as much about God as it is about death.

Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur died tragically in July 2015 after a fall from a cliff in Brighton, where Cave and his wife Susie Bick lived.


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