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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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Naomi Naomi Williams

As her debut novel Landfalls is published in paperback, exclusively for Foyles we talked to Naomi about 'playing' with the facts, pitting oneself against nature and trading one utterly daunting research task for another in the form of her next book.

Lucia Lucia Berlin

Lucia Berlin, one of the great post-war American short story writers, is finally back in print in the UK, with this new collection, now in paperback, of 43 of her finest works, introduced by Lydia Davis. You can read or download one of our favourites, 'Stars and Saints'.

Zillah Zillah Bethell

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Zillah about inventing a language and a caste system for her children's debut, A Whisper of Horses, how children have an innate moral compass and the challenge of balancing ethics, nature and technology.

Gavin Gavin Extence

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Gavin about his unusual take on the redemption story, the importance of the Occupy movement and being drawn to subjects that have an element of humour implicit in them.

Rowan Hisayo Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Rowan about her debut Harmless Like You, her mixed race heritage, the possibility of there being no 'right choice' and how she discovered 'therapy cats'.

Mark Mark de Jager

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Mark about the influence of computer games on his debut, Infernal, heroes and anti-heroes and living in a household of writers.

Sara Sara Taylor

We talked to Sara about writing an agender character, the difficulty of seeing our parents as people and about how her next novel is the one for which she's been saving all her autobiography.

Rachel Rachel Elliott

Whispers through a Megaphone is a novel about about finding an oasis of silence in the inescapable din of the modern world, featuring a woman who hasn't left her house for three years. Its author, Rachel Elliott, discusses why life veers between comedy and tragedy, how her psychotherapy training helped in creating her characters and the strange situation of being able to write reviews of so many of our everyday experiences online.

Eowyn Eowyn Ivey

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Eowyn about taking on different voices and eras for her new novel, The Bright Edge of the World, the real-life inspiration for Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester, exploring the unknowable and how the way she wrote Sophie was in part a reaction to Mabel from The Snow Child.

Clare Clare Furniss

Read an exclusive extract from How Not to Disappear and see Clare's recommendations of the books she thinks all young adults should read.

Richard T Richard T Kelly

Richard T Kelly, whose new novel The Knives features seven months in the life of a fictional Home Secretary, selects his favourite fictional politicians.

Howard Howard Jacobson
Fiction, Non-fiction

We caught up with Howard to talk about his new novel Shylock is My Name, now out in paperback, his updating of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, the challenges of bringing Shakespeare into the present day, modern forms of the same anti-semitism Shylock experienced and the shifting territory between comedy and tragedy.

Rebecca Rebecca Mackenzie

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Rebecca about how her own experience as the child of missionaries infomed her writing, the use of a colour-coded gospel as an evangelising tool and why the missionaries stayed in China even after the outbreak of war.

Zana Zana Fraillon

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Zana about why all of us, and especially children, need to understand more about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, why she wants to tackle the slave trade next, and having a garden gnome as a lifelong comfort object.

Ben H Ben H Winters

Exclusively for Foyles, we spoke to Ben about creating an alternative American history in which the Civil War never happened, and his distress at the extent to which racial injustice is still a part of the American experience.

Sarah-Jane Sarah-Jane Stratford

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Sarah-Jane about the exhilaration of writing about the invention of an industry in a world that was changing apace, how the ‘Surplus Women’ took advantage of a changed world and wrought a lot of changes themselves and how radio changed women's lives.

Fredrik Fredrik Backman

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Fredrik about the challenges of writing Britt-Marie - and where his character overlaps with hers, trying to explain his love of sport and the importance of being seen.

Andrea Andrea Hoffmann

As Farida Khalaf's memoir about her capture by ISIS and eventual escape is published, we talked to her co-author Andrea Hoffmann about Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to Andrea about how she came to meet Farida, the shame and stigma Farida feels about what happened to her, and making a new life in Germany.

Jessie Jessie Burton

Exclusively for Foyles, we talked to The Miniaturist author, Jessie Burton, about her new novel, The Muse, nature of muses, what life was like for children of the Empire in the 1940s, and how a book lives on beyond its final sentence.

Andrew Andrew Miller

A marriage devastated my tragedy leads to a remarkable journey in Costa Novel Award winner Andrew Miller's new novel the Crossing. He talks about unknowable characters, the sentence that kickstarted the novel and the beauty of sailing terminology.

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