We use cookies to operate this website and to improve its usability. Full details of what cookies are, why we use them and how you can manage them can be found by reading our Privacy & Cookies page. Please note that by using this site you are consenting to the use of cookies.

Authors of the Day 2012

The London Book Fair were delighted to host bestselling authors Peter James, Bi Feiyu and Patrick Ness as the three Authors of the Day for 2012.

This popular initiative, introduced in 2006, will see the authors each spend one day at the Fair, where they will showcase their work. Register to attend LBF and see the authors across a programme of seminars, book signings, events and photo opportunities.

  • Peter James

    Monday 16th April

    The opening day of the Fair features bestselling crime and thriller writer, Peter James. One of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists, Peter James’ Roy Grace detective novels have sold over two million copies in the UK alone and a total of eleven million copies worldwide. The series is now translated into 34 languages and his previous novel Dead Man’s Grip went straight into the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list at No 1.

    Peter James said: "The London Book Fair is one of the most important events in the world publishing calendar. In this fast-changing world of publishing, as the digital revolution takes hold in so many new ways, the value of the LBF both as a grand and respected institution and as a forum and showcase, cannot be underestimated. I feel very honoured to have been chosen as Author of the Day, and all the more so in these very exciting times."

    Watch LBF interview with Peter James >>

  • Bi Feiyu

    Tuesday 17th April

    The London Book Fair Market Focus Author of the Day, supported by the British Council, will this year feature Bi Feiyu, one of the most respected authors and screenwriters in China today. He is the recipient of several literary awards, including the Lu Xun Prize which he has won twice. He co-wrote the film Shanghai Triad, which was directed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou and nominated for a Golden Globe.

    His novel The Moon Opera was long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2008, and his novel Three Sisters, an epic portrayal of life in modern China, won the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize.

    Bi Feiyu said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen as one of the Authors of the Day at this year's London Book Fair. Not only am I excited to be coming to London again, but it also makes me feel that Nanjing, my home town in China, and London are not so far away after all."

    Watch LBF Interview with Bi Feiyu >>

  • Patrick Ness

    Wednesday 18th April


    On Wednesday 18th April the spotlight will be on Award-winning author Patrick Ness, whose Chaos Walking trilogy won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Costa Children’s Book of the Year Prize, and the Booktrust Teenage Prize.


    Patrick Ness said: "For a bibliophile, book fairs are like heaven's backstage. Books everywhere, book lovers everywhere, and new and exciting things on every corner. I'm delighted and honoured to be Author of the Day at The London Book Fair.”

    Watch LBF interview with Patrick Ness >>

LBF Videos