The Poisonwood Bible gets 18th birthday edition

The Poisonwood Bible gets 18th birthday edition

Faber is publishing a "beautiful" new edition of Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisionwood Bible, to celebrate its 18th birthday.

The story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. "This suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and their remarkable reconstruction has been read, adored and shared by millions around the world", the publisher said.

A bespoke print created by African fashion designer, Tina Lobondi, who has drawn from her experience of growing up in the Congo, illustrates the cover of the new edition.

Kingsolver said: "As a writer I feel extraordinarily lucky to get to see my novel take on a life of its own, and the world. That it's now inspiring a new generation of readers, including the powerfully talented Tina Lobondi, is a creator's dream come true."

Lobondi said: "It was truly an honour being part of the anniversary of The Poisonwood Bible. Congolese culture needs to be told and I discovered some details of it myself through the book as there aren’t many literature pieces to demonstrate our history."

As part of the publication, Faber will be giving away 200 copies of the new edition. In a bid to introduce new readers to the book as well as encouraging existing fans to rediscover it, the publisher will be giving copies away in pairs and askig people to tweet as they read using #Poisionwood18.

Kingsolver has written 14 works of fiction and non-fiction and won the Orange Prize in 2010 for The Lacuna (Faber). Her novel Flight Behaviour (Faber) was shortlisted for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction.