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Authors at Foyles

Welcome to Authors at Foyles, where you'll find authors who have really struck a chord with us and whose work we wanted to showcase. You'll find interviews, extracts, selections of their own favourite books, and much more besides, as well as being able to see their available publications at a glance. Below are the most recent authors to join our illustrious roll call. Do use the Find Author menu below to see the full list.

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Jesmyn Jesmyn Ward
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles we talk to National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward about the ways in which aspects of Black American oppression extend into the present, the role of ghosts, Voodoo and Hoodoo in the novel and her complicated relationship to 'home'.

Oliver Oliver Jeffers
Children's

Oliver Jeffers on how becoming a parent inspired his latest book, how he became political almost in spite of himself and his current favourite thing to draw.

Penelope Penelope  Lively
Fiction, Non-fiction, Children's

We talk to Penelope about how reading and gardening have meshed in her life, seeing the world through 'gardening eyes' and why gardening is no longer the preserve of the middle-aged.

Minette Minette Walters
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles, we talk to Minette about her first foray into historical fiction, the challenges of portraying 14th-century Dorset and why the idea that there were no rational responses to the Black Death is wrong.

Ali Ali Smith
Fiction

The four-times Booker-shortlisted Ali Smith discusses her new novel, Winter, how long range optimism is built into the seasons, how Shakespeare's plays are an endlessly giving source, and why protesters have to be ready to commit, and commit for the long term.

Andrew Michael Andrew Michael Hurley
Fiction

As his new book is published, exclusively for Foyles we talked to Andrew about how 'the wild' is part of who were are, when the needs of a community take precedence over that of an individual and how his love of nature and the desire to write have become a necessary part of living.

John John Banville
Fiction

John Banville on his new novel, Mrs Osmond, his desire to write not in the style but in the spirit of Henry James, how Isabel is forced to open her eyes to many layers of reality, and why, despite his original intentions, he left the ending open.

Natalia and Lauren Natalia and Lauren O'Hara
Children's

Natalia and Lauren O'Hara describe their lifelong love affair with fairytales and introduce five of their favourites.

Jane Jane Harris
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Jane about inhabiting the voice of a slave, how this story of European brutality seemed too important to remain untold and struggling with the backstory.

Adam Adam Kay
Non-fiction

'It’s difficult to compare any other job with being a medic – the highs can never be as high, and sadly the lows can never be as low.' Adam Kay on life as a Junior Doctor.

Yaa Yaa Gyasi
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to debut novelist Yaa Gyasi about finding a structure to accommodate the weight of time, why it is ridiculous to argue that slavery ended many years ago, and what infuriates her about the publishing industry.

Bernard Bernard Cornwell
Fiction

Bernard Cornwell reveals some of his favourite books, among them the inspiration for his own Sharpe series.

William William  Sieghart
Non-fiction

To celebrate National Poetry Day and the publication of his new book, exclusively for Foyles we talked to William Sieghart about prescribing poetry to those in need of it, the sense of complicity the right poem can give and why the 'P word' needs to be reclassified.

Omar Omar El Akkad
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles we talked to Omar about the universality of revenge, why it was important to make his protagonist soldier a woman and how a deficit of empathy is the biggest barrier to achieving peace.

Alice Alice Hoffman
Fiction

Alice Hoffman discusses her latest novel - about the siege of Masada in AD70 - hailed by Toni Morrison as 'a major contribution to twenty-first century literature.'

Alison Alison Littlewood
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Alison about her love of fairy tales, the joys of the unreliable narrator and the tension between magic and science.

Pajtim Pajtim  Statovci
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Pajtim about not caring whether he is considered Finnish or Albanian, the importance of writing about those who never make it, who never knock down walls and obstacles and achieve their dreams, and why he chose to make one of his protagonists a talking cat.

Nathan Nathan Hill
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Nathan Hill about his debut The Nix: about how little American politics have changed since 1968, how an online game was both emotionally analgesic and artistically crippling, both soothing and debilitating, and how his experience teaching university students informed his novel.

Davina Davina Langdale
Fiction

Exlusively for Foyles, we talked to Davina Langdale about being inspired by Cormac McCarthy when it came to writing her stunning debut, how the real life John Evert became the ultimate imaginary friend and lifesaver and why she loves the London Library.

E E Lockhart
Fiction, Children's

E Lockhart celebrates the antihero in books and film and identifies some of her favourite antihero tales.

Latest Blog
The Satisfaction of a Good Puzzle
21/11/2017

Alex Bellos extols the virtues of the puzzle, especially those from the great puzzle masters of Japan, and selects some of his favourite puzzle books.

#FoylesFive: Swap Snowflakes for Stardust
17/11/2017

Swap snowflakes for stardust this Christmas with some recommends that are out of this world, from Jamie-Lee from our Birmingham branch.

Read an extract of The Book of the Year
15/11/2017

Behold The Book of the Year, by the “No Such Thing As A Fish” podcasters a.k.a the QI Elves. The book is a surreal, silly and wonderful compendium of irreverent and topical facts that show 2017 in a unique light.

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