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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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Recent Authors

John John Banville

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.

Ingela Ingela Arrhenius

We spoke to Ingela Arrhenius about her new picture book, her working practice and inspiration.

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.

Olivia Olivia Laing

We spoke to author Olivia Laing about her first foray into fiction and Kathy Acker.

Sylvia Sylvia Brownrigg

As her latest novel, Pages for Her, is published in paperback, we chat to Sylvia about the bewilderment new mothers can often feel, defining ourselves in relation to the people we love and whether female only environments/support networks are still relevant and necessary.

Arundhati Arundhati Roy

Exclusively for Foyles we talked to Arundhati about bringing together shards of broken hearts, writing as a game of control and unleashing control and redefining the meaning of happiness.

Minette Minette Walters

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.

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.

Maggie Maggie O'Farrell
Fiction, Non-fiction

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

Sophie Sophie Mackintosh

We spoke to Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure, about her disturbing debut novel, short stories and the dystopic nature of fiction.

Megan Megan Hunter

As her striking and poetic debut is published in paperback read our interview with Megan about placing the book in a very long-range context of human history, exploring precariousness in all its forms and using language to achieve both intimacy and distance.

Madeline Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller returns to Ancient Greece for her second novel, Circe. In our exclusive interview, we discover more about who Circe was, what she can teach us today, and which Greek god Madeline would be.

Adam Adam Kay

'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.

Jesmyn Jesmyn Ward

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'.

Kirsty Kirsty Logan

We talk to Kirsty about her love of fairy tales, why writers should always read their work aloud at the editing stage and feeling affection for the younger versions of yourself. Plus, read an extract and a blog by Kirsty about her earlier novel, The Gracekeepers.

Nicola Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin

Nicola and Laura talk about why there is no issue that cannot be presented in a picture book, the danger of deadening a book by over-explanation and why picture books deserve more recognition than they currently receive.

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.

Maja Maja Lunde

We talked to Maja Lunde, author of The History of Bees, 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.

Deborah Deborah Levy
Fiction, Non-fiction

Exclusively for Foyles we spoke to one of this year's Man-Booker Prize shortlistees Deborah Levy about the value of confusion and ambiguity, the difficulties of trusting those who are in a position of caring for us and why she admires Marguerite Duras.

Anbara Anbara Salam

We spoke to Anbara Salam about her debut novel and how island life inspired her writing.

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