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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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Omar Omar El Akkad

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.

Pajtim Pajtim  Statovci

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

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

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.

Maja Maja Lunde

As The History of Bees is published, we talked to Maja Lunde about the demands of writing three very different narratives each set in a different time and continent, what she learnt about nature from her investigations into Colony Collapse Disorder and the ambivalence inherent in the parent-child relationship.

Helen Helen Sedgwick

We talked to Helen about how the basic technologies needed to create an external womb already exist, how scientific development is as much a part of natural life as evolution and why it's incorrect to imagine the risk from something new is worse than the risk from something familiar.

Patrick Patrick McGrath
Fiction, Non-fiction

Exclusively for Foyles we talked to Patrick about giving voice to a community of old theatre ladies, the parallels between post-war fascism and today's political climate and his fascination with the idea of the dybbuk.

Ali Ali Smith

The thrice Booker-shortlisted Ali Smith discusses her new novel, Autumn, which has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and talks about how the things that have been happening to us over the past half-year are ancient as well as brand new, following her nose and never losing hope.

Gabriel Gabriel Tallent

Gabriel Tallent on why sometimes a good teacher can be the best ally a young person may ever have, how backstories may never completely explain what makes people who they are and why he would have been willing to let a central character in his novel die.

Kamila Kamila Shamsie

We talk to Kamila Shamsie about her new Man Booker-longlisted novel, Home Fire, and discuss why she finds the story of Antigone so compelling, how being an Outsider is more of an issue than faith itself and the connection between radicalisation and the fetishising of masculinity.

Ned Ned Beauman

We talk to Ned about the connections between his new novel, Heart of Darkness and Orson Welles, how nothing you invent about the jungle is ever going to be more fanciful than the jungle actually is and whether or not he considers his book to be pessimistic.

J S J S  Monroe

In an exclusive q&a for Foyles, and without giving any spoilers, we talked to J S Monroe about why he chose to write about a missing person, how his book moved from spy thriller to psychological thriller and the perils of researching the Dark Web.

Maggie Maggie O'Farrell
Fiction, Non-fiction

As her memoir about her seventeen brushes with death is published, exclusively for Foyles, we talk to Maggie about chronology as a brand of tyranny, how permeable is the membrane between life and death and both the strangeness and familiarity of writing non-fiction.

Douglas Douglas Preston
Fiction, Non-fiction

Exclusively for Foyles, Douglas Preston reveals how he came to be involved in 'the story of a lifetime' - the search for the legendary lost city of the monkey god.

Karl Karl Geary

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Karl about his debut Montpelier Parade, how the character of Sonny was partly born from a Rembrandt painting, how the narrative style is both a confession and a finger pointed in accusation, and how to navigate longing and desire without a vocabulary.

Nicole Nicole Krauss

As her new book Forest Dark is published, we talk to Nicole about the most urgent question literature is asking itself, her strange affinity for Kafka and why she is a fan of ambivalence.

Lars Lars Mytting
Fiction, Non-fiction

We talk to Lars Mytting - whose non-fiction book Norwegian Wood was a publishing sensation - about his award-winning debut novel The Sixteen Trees of the Somme.

Helen Helen Dunmore
Fiction, Children's

In this exclusive interview for Foyles Helen talks about about mothers and daughters, the barrier we cross when we use violence against another human being and which period in history she herself would choose to visit.

Jake Jake Arnott

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Jake about the real-life Edgworth Bess, the secretive world of the molly-house and the rough poetry of 18th-century slang.

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