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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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Min Jin Min Jin Lee
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles we talked to Min Jin Lee about the paucity of books and films describing the Korean-Japanese community, the importance of pachinko - the adult gambling game - to Japanese culture and its economy and why being mediocre is not the worst thing a person can be.

Jennifer Jennifer Ryan
Fiction

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.

Jake Jake Arnott
Fiction

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.

Georgia Georgia Hunter
Fiction

We chatted to Georgia about why her grandfather left his Polish Jewish heritage behind, surviving against the odds and why she chose to fictionalise her family's true story.

Alice Alice Broadway
Fiction, Children's

Exclusively for Foyles, we caught up with Alice Broadway to discuss her debut Ink, the potency of tattoos, the fear of the Other and the power of myth.

Edouard Edouard Louis
Fiction

'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.

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.

Steven Steven Uhly
Fiction

Steven's translator Jamie Bulloch talks to Steven about overcoming the contradiction of being a victim as well as belonging to the nation of perpetrators, why he chose to tell part of the story through diary entries, letters and poems and why it's important to understand the personal trap that national identity can be.

Elif Elif Shafak
Fiction

Bestselling Turkish author Elif Shafak on her new novel, Three Daughters of Eve.

Rick Rick Bass
Fiction

As his definitive short story collection is published, we talked to Rick Bass about how activism and writing should complement each other, why the short story and the novel are are as dissimilar as the earth and moon and the correspondence between the processes of geology and of writing.

J S J S  Monroe
Fiction

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.

. . Sjon
Fiction

As his new novel, Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was, is published in English in paperback for the first time, exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Sjon about how a volcanic eruption, a plague and the gaining of sovereignty took place in only six weeks; why the Spanish flu became a taboo subject in Reykjavik; and being a poet at heart.

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.

Claire Vaye Claire Vaye Watkins
Fiction

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Claire about doomsday fatigue, being drawn to flaws, mistakes, betrayals and lies, and her indebtedness to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Jo Jo Baker
Fiction

As her novel about a young Samuel Beckett's time in France during the Second World War is published in paperback, 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.

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.

Stephen Stephen Baxter
Fiction

As his sequel to The War of the Worlds is published, exclusively for Foyles we talked to Stephen about the first time he encountered H G Wells, playing with history and why he chose to have a female narrator.

Debi Debi Gliori
Children's

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Debi about how there is still a stigma around mental illness, why there is much work still to be done to educate people about what exactly depressive illness is about. and why we have to evolve our priorities in order to allow our children to grow into the best people they can be.

Miranda Miranda Emmerson
Fiction

As her debut novel, Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars, is published, exclusively for Foyles, we chatted to Miranda Emmerson about why she found writiing a novel much easier than script-writing, how colour is still a massive barrier to success in education and employment, and why London is both a wonderful and terrible city.

Chris Chris Cleave
Fiction

Chris's latest novel Everyone Brave is Forgiven, now out in paperback, 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.

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