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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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Isabel Isabel Sánchez Vegara

We spoke to Isabel Sánchez Vegara, author behind many of the books in the fabulous Little People, Big Dreams series – books that narrate the lives of extraordinary women for young readers.

Audur Ava Audur Ava Olafsdottir

We talk to Audur Ava about why she has never understood the notion of 'finding yourself', her interest in the inefficiency of words and how social justice is a luxury that exists only in a few Western democratic countries.

Jamie Jamie Quatro

As her debut novel is published, we talk to Jamie Quatro about spoke to Jamie about guilt and regret, how we negotiate between the radically passionate lives we often long for, and the sedate-but-bearable lives we usually choose and why real art will never have an a priori agenda.

Jaroslav Jaroslav Kalfar

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Jaroslav about the horror and incomprehensible loneliness of space travel, the relationship between ambition and love and the complexity of the legacy of communism.

Alison Alison  White

As her profound and moving memoir about parenting a disabled child, Letter to Louis, is published, Alison White introduces other books around the theme of disability.

Lisa Lisa McInerney

Though it can also be read as a standalone, her new novel, The Blood Miracles, returns to Ryan Cusack and his violent, chaotic life amongst Cork's criminals and drug dealers. Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Lisa about discovering rather than creating characters, the potential for living a different kind of life and how she's rooting for Ryan and Karine.

Penelope Lively and Kamila Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie
Fiction, Non-fiction

We interview Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie about their choices of title for the Penguin Women Writers series, celebrating the centenary of women getting the vote in Britain.

Danny Danny Denton

Exclusively for Foyles, we talk to Danny Denton about how a fact becomes a story and a story becomes myth, how we are in the grip of a Faustian quest for total knowledge and why his narrative switches between oral testimony and misremembered poetry and myth, fiction and theatre.

Imogen Imogen Hermes Gowar

Imogen Hermes Gowar talks mermaids, Georgian London and sweet treats in our exclusive interview to mark her debut novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock.

Sarah Sarah Vaughan

We talk to Sarah about political wives who stand by their men, how as a society we have not yet come close to recognising how entrenched sexual harassment is and how the support for Toby Young's appointment to the board of the new universities regulator despite concerns about his experience and suitability demonstrated that 'jobs for the boys' still continue.

Edouard Edouard Louis

'Violence is violence, spit is spit, it’s not flowers.' Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Edouard Louis about the nature of violence, the ways in which he is and is no longer 'Eddy' and why he would rather talk about issues than paragraphs.

. . Bandi

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Deborah Smith, Bandi's translator, about the characteristics of North Korean fiction, and the urgent, oral quality of Bandi's writing, how and why she became a translator of Korean literature and why she is feeling encouraged by the current state of ficiton in translation in the UK.

Polly Polly Faber

Exclusively for Foyles, Polly Faber considers the advice would-be writers are invariably given to find their own voice, describes how her father turned her into a reader and how her own book was born out of a great friendship.

Amor Amor Towles

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Amor about the challenge of creating a compelling narrative confined within the four walls of a single building, exploring the narrow border between the unbelievably actual and the convincingly imagined and how the Bolsheviks used the hotels of Moscow to provide Western visitors with their first impression of the new Russia.

Emma Emma Glass

How Peach started with a beat, being inspired by the risks taken by Gertrude Stein and James Joyce and why it's important to avoid neat endings: Emma Glass on her startling debut.

Michele Michele Forbes

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Michele about the decliine of the music hall, how families often get caught in repeating patterns of behaviour and how the community spirit she describes in her novel has lived on into the 21st century.

Jennifer Jennifer Ryan

Exclusively for Foyles, we chatted to Jennifer about her debut, The Chilbury Ladies Choir, set during World War 2, the horror of having to talk about her book in public, the appeal of writing about wives and mothers on the home front and how the Mass-Observation project informed her novel.

Gail Gail Honeyman

Exclusively for Foyles we chatted to Gail about the loneliness of some young adults, the things in life everyone ought to be able to take for granted and the benefits of being in a writers' group.

Cathy Cathy Rentzenbrink

As her new book, A Manual for Heartache, is published, we talk to Cathy about the hierarchy of pain, the instinct we share to tell our stories and the advice she's written for her future self.

Georges Georges Simenon

As Penguin releases Maigret at Christmas, one of their retranslations of all 75 of Georges Simenon’s classic Maigret novels, exclusively for Foyles, Penguin’s commissioning editor Josephine Greywoode interviews Simenon’s son about A Maigret Christmas and his memories of Christmas with his father.

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