Biography

Giles Foden was born in Warwickshire in 1967 but grew up mostly in Africa. After taking an English Literature degree, he was Harper-Wood Student in Creative Writing at St John’s College, Cambridge. In 1993 he became assistant editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Between 1996 and 2006 he worked on the books pages of the Guardian, during which period he published his debut novel The Last King of Scotland, which won the 1998 Whitbread First Novel Award. He is author of three other novels — Ladysmith, Zanzibar and Turbulence — and a work of narrative non-fiction, Mimi and Toutou Go Forth. In 2006 Foden was awarded an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2007, the Oscar-winning film of The Last King of Scotland was released.

Career History

Giles Foden is a Professor of Creative Writing. He was the Harper-Wood Student in Creative Writing at St John’s College, Cambridge, and in 1993 became assistant editor of the TLS.  Between 1996 and 2006 he worked on the books pages of the Guardian, during which period he published The Last King of Scotland, which won the 1998 Whitbread First Novel Award and was released as an Oscar-winning film in 2007.  He is the author of three other novels – Ladysmith, Zanzibar, and most recently Turbulence – and a work of narrative non-fiction, Mimi and Toutou Go Forth.  He was one of the judges of the MAN Booker Prize for Fiction in 2007. 

All Publications

Foden, G.

(2013)

Meet Me at Blue Leopard

Faber

UEA Repository

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Foden, G., Foden, G. (ed.)

(2011)

Body of Work: 40 Years of Creative Writing at UEA

Full Circle

UEA Repository

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Foden, G.

(2011)

Foreword

In: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali.

Canongate

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Foden, G.

(2011)

Introduction

In: Brazilian Adventure: A Quest into the Heart of the Amazon.

IB Tauris

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Foden, G.

(2011)

Introduction

In: No Cloak, No Dagger: Allied Spycraft in Occupied France.

Folio Society

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Foden, G.

(2010)

Future Technology and Society

UEA Repository

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Foden, G.

(2010)

Introduction

In: Global System Dynamics and Policies.

European Commission

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Foden, G., William Boyd, [. V.

(2010)

Introduction

In: The Ice Cream War.

Penguin

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Foden, G.

(2009)

Towards a Science of Global Systems

European Commission

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Foden, G.

(2009)

Turbulence

Faber and Faber

ISBN 9780571205226

UEA Repository

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Foden, G., Giles Foden et al, [. V.

(2009)

One Last Throw of the Dice

In: Ox-Tales: Water.

Green Profile

pp. 167-82

ISBN 9781846682063

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Foden, G., John Buchan, [. V.

(2009)

Introduction

In: The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn and Other Stories.

Penguin

ISBN 9780141442426

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Foden, G., Manubhai Madhvani, [. V.

(2009)

Tide of Fortune: A Family Tale

Random House: India

ISBN 9781897403808

UEA Repository

(Book)


Foden, G.

(2005)

Mimi and Toutou Go Forth: The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika

Penguin Books Ltd.

ISBN 9780141009841

UEA Repository

(Book)


Foden, G.

(2003)

Zanzibar

Faber & Faber

ISBN 0571205178

UEA Repository

(Book)


Teaching Interests

Giles teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction.