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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. We've also recently launched our Bookcast series, the next best thing to catching an author's live appearance at one of our Foyles events.

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Recent Authors

Conn Conn Iggulden
Fiction, Children's

A lover of historical fiction since childhood, Conn Iggulden shares his favourite historical fiction, including Patrick O'Brian's swashbucking Aubrey Maturin adventures, Philippa Gregory's page-tuners and the epic scope of Ken Follett.

Ryan Ryan Gattis

Ryan Gattis' extraordinary new novel, All Involved, is set during the six days of rioting that erupted in Los Angeles in 1992. He talks about making contact with gang members, his own experience of extreme violence and what needs to happen to stop the cycle of rioting in LA.

Catherine Catherine Banner

As her adult debut The House at the Edge of Night is published, exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Catherine about how southern Italian folktales found their way into her book, why we are all pattern-making creatures at heart, and how a house or treasured object, can, through the passage of time, accrue a multitude of stories.

Lionel Lionel Shriver

To mark the publication of her new novel, The Mandibles: a Family 2029-2047, exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Lionel about why it's such fun to set a novel in the future, why economics is closer to religion than science, how many neuroses are luxuries of prosperity, and why writing the book has made her feel more, not less, optimistic about the future.

Jo Jo Baker

As her novel about a young Samuel Beckett's time in France during the Second World War is published, we chatted to Jo about coming from the wrong side of the baize door, peering at photographs of Beckett and going where angels fear to tread.

Muriel Muriel Barbery

As her new book, The Life of Elves, is published, Muriel talks about the beauty, harshness and poetry of the Burgundy region, the influence on her writing of country folklore and how and why her writing has changed since her first two novels.

Curtis Curtis Sittenfeld

As Curtis Sittenfeld exuberant contemporary take on Pride and Prejudice is published, exclusively for Foyles we chatted to her about her husband's defence of Mr Bennet, using her brain in new ways and how social media helped with fact-checking.

Martin Martin Stewart
Fiction, Children's

Exclusively for Foyles, we chatted to Martin about the real-life inspiration for his novel, how he set about creating his parallel world and why he relishes the editing process.

Chris Chris Cleave

Chris's latest novel Everyone Brave is Forgiven, moves between Blitz-torn London and the Siege of Malta to tell a story of passion, loss, prejudice and courage. Exclusively for Foyles, we chatted to Chris about his 'method'research techniques for the Malta sections, why conversation is the foundation of morale and why it was important to highlight the racism that was rife in Britain at the time.

Deborah Deborah Levy

As her new book, Hot Milk, is published, exclusively for Foyles we spoke to Deborah 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.

Monica Monica Wood

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Monica about the appeal of the Guinness Book of Records, her affection for the elderly and 'assembling family constellations out of broken parts'.

Bill Bill Bryson

As his new book, The Road to Little Dribbling, is published in paperback, exclusively for Foyles we chatted to Bill about the perky feeling having a British passport gives him, his most embarrassing moment ever, and what makes London for him the best city in the world.

Jem Jem Lester

As his first novel, Shtum, about an autistic boy and his family, is published exclusively for Foyles we talked to Jem about drawing the line between personal and imagined experience, the difficulties fathers and sons have in communicating with each other, and using humour to survive challenging circumstances.

Ted Ted McDermott

Writer, editor, literary scout and Ted's publisher Elena Lappin talks to Ted about listening to an inarticulate universe, how readers' response to an earlier short story shaped his debut novel, what makes love interesting in art and the series of happy 'accidents' that led to Elena's discovery of Ted's writing.

David David Sanger

As his gothic debut All Our Minds in Tandem is published, exclusively for Foyles we talked to David about memory and how we are directed by it; being 'twenty kinds of lost in the world', and how the role of women changed during and after the Civil War.

Sara Sara Novic

Sara introduces her debut, Girl at War, and explains why, though they may both be women and of a similar age, she and her protagonist Ana are not one and the same. Plus, you can read the first chapter.

Reif Reif Larsen

As his second, epic novel I am Radar is published, we talked exclusively to Reif about connectedness and entanglement in life and art, the role of the witness and a puppet the size of a grain of rice.

Kirsty Kirsty Logan

In a very personal piece exclusively for Foyles, Kirsty Logan writes about her childhood with her father, the inspiration behind her debut novel The Gracekeepers, whose first chapter is available here.

Ali Ali Benjamin
Fiction, Children's

Exclusively for Foyles, our junior interviewer, Elaine, chatted to Ali about her fascination with jellyfish, silence and grieving and feeling like an alien in a changing world.

Hanya Hanya Yanagihara

We talked to Hanya about the difference between friendship and all other relationships, her desire to marry the fairy tale with the contemporary naturalistic novel, and the need to write from a sense of urgency.

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