Giles Foden was born in Warwickshire in 1967 but grew up mostly in Africa. Educated at Fitzwilliam and St John’s Colleges Cambridge, where he held the Harper-Wood studentship in creative writing, he was then for three years an assistant editor of the Times Literary Supplement.
Between 1995 and 2006 he worked on the books pages of The Guardian, and he still contributes occasionally to the newspaper.
His novel The Last King of Scotland, published in 1998, won a Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize. It has recently been made into a feature film starring Forest Whitaker and won several BAFTAs including The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year. Foden has published several other novels including Ladysmith, Zanzibar, and Turbulence. and a work of narrative non-fiction, Mimi and Toutou Go Forth.
He is currently AHRC Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London.