Giles Foden was born in 1967 to English and Irish parents. He grew up mostly in central Africa. After winning the Harper-Wood creative writing studentship at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1990 he returned to Africa and began writing his first novel, The Last King of Scotland, which was published eight years later. In the interim he was an editor at the Times Literary Supplement. He later worked on the books pages of the Guardian, publishing two further novels, Ladysmith (1999) and Zanzibar (2002), and a work of narrative non-fiction, Mimi and Toutou Go Forth (2004). The Last King of Scotland was released as a feature film in 2006, and the same year Foden was made AHRC Fellow in Performing and Creative Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at UEA in 2007. His most recent novel is Turbulence (2009).
Body of Work: 40 Years of Creative Writing at UEA
Edited by Giles Foden
Publication November 2011
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