Authors of the Day

  • Our 2017 Authors of the Day

    Three internationally celebrated writers will be spotlighted at The London Book Fair 2017, with an Author of the Day line-up set to include bestselling author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, Man Booker prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle and eminent Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, the country’s most widely translated female writer.

    The annual programme showcases one author each day of the fair, in a schedule that includes events, book signings, photo calls and meetings with international publishing contacts, plus a headline slot in the London Book & Screen Week event series.

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  • Roddy Doyle

    General Trade Author of the Day, Tuesday 14 March
    Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of eleven acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van, two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and most recently, The Guts. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

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    Olga Tokarczuk

    Market Focus Author of the Day, Wednesday 15 March
    Olga Tokarczuk is adored by her readers and lauded by critics and literature scholars; she is the author of nine novels and several collections of short stories and essays, has won many awards, and is the mostly widely translated Polish female writer. Her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages, including Chinese, Estonian, and Japanese, and translations of her latest novels are soon to be appearing in Fitzcarraldo Editions.

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  • Michael Morpurgo

    Children’s Author of the Day, Thursday 16 March
    Michael Morpurgo, OBE, is the former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author of over 140 books, including Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom, The Butterfly Lion, and War Horse, which first performed at the National Theatre in 2007. In 1976, Michael and his wife, Clare, started the charity Farms for City Children. The charity runs three farms around the country, in Gloucestershire, Pembrokeshire and North Devon. Each farm offers children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to live and work in the countryside for a week, and gain hands-on experience.

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    Andrzej Sapkowski

    Cross Media Author of the Day, Thursday 16 March
    Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt de Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer and he is now one of Poland’s most famous and successful authors, selling more in his own country than Stephen King or Michael Crichton. His novels were the inspiration for the bestselling WITCHER computer game franchise. Andrzej is represented by Patricia Pasqualini Literary Agency.

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  • 2016

  • Professor Nick Bostrom

    Quantum Author of the Day, Monday 11 April
    Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School. He is the author of some 200 publications. He previously taught at Yale, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy. In addition to philosophy, Bostrom has a background in physics, computational neuroscience, and mathematical logic.

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    Marian Keyes

    Tuesday Author of the Day, 12 April
    An international publishing phenomenon, Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. A global number one bestseller, she has written 12 novels, been translated into 36 languages, and sold over 33 million copies worldwide. Storming into print in 1995 with Watermelon, Marian created a genre that she has dominated and redefined ever since. Her latest collection of essays, Making It Up As I Go, is published on 11 February 2016 by Michael Joseph.

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  • Tracy Chevalier

    Shakespeare Author of the Day, Wednesday 13 April
    Tracy is the author of eight novels, including the forthcoming At the Edge of the Orchard (March 2016). She is best known for the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has sold over 5 million copies, been translated into 39 languages, and made into a film. She grew up in Washington DC and in 1984 moved to London, where she lives with her husband and son. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Trustee of the British Library, and President of the Royal Literary Fund.

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  • Jeanette Winterson OBE

    Shakespeare Author of the Day, Wednesday 13 April
    Jeanette has written 10 novels, children’s books, non-fiction and screenplays, and writes regularly for the Guardian. She was adopted by Pentecostal parents and raised in Manchester to be a missionary, which she wrote about in her first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and twenty-seven years later in her bestselling memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

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    Judith Kerr OBE

    Children's Author of the Day; Thursday 14 April
    Judith was born in Berlin, but came to England with her family after escaping the Nazis and travelling through Switzerland and France as a young girl. She wrote about her early life in her Out of the Hitler Time. Judith worked at the BBC where she met the celebrated screenwriter and creator of Quatermas, Nigel Kneale and they were married in 1954. She left the BBC to look after their two children Matthew and Tracy, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, published in 1968. The family cat Mog, inspired a series of picture books about the eponymous feline and the Thomas family.

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  • 2015

  • David Nicholls

    We were delighted to welcome David Nicholls as Author of the Day on Monday 13th April 2015. David, one of Britain's most talented, versatile and bestselling writers, delivered the Author Keynote at our Publishing for Digital Minds Conference. His latest novel 'Us' went straight to Number One when it was published in the UK last September and was longlisted for the Booker Prize.

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    Deborah Moggach

    Deborah Moggach was our Author of the Day for Tuesday 14th April 2015. Deborah's work has been translated in 25 languages across 26 territories, with worldwide sales of over half a million copies. She has written seventeen novels and two books of short stories and has adapted several of these novels for TV – Close Relations, Final Demand, Seesaw, Stolen, To Have and To Hold – whilst also adapting other books for the screen.

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  • Valeria Luiselli

    On the Wednesday of the Fair, we welcomed Valeria Luiselli who was born in Mexico and lives in New York. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd (2012) and the book of essays Sidewalks (2013), both translated to multiple languages and published by Granta in the UK. Her most recent novel is The Story of My Teeth (Granta 2015).

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    Anthony Browne

    Anthony is one of the most celebrated author-illustrators today. He was Children’s Laureate from 2009 to 2011 and has won multiple awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, the Kurt Maschler Award three times and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. In 2015 Walker Books UK will publish an anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Anthony.

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  • 2014

  • Sir Terry Pratchett

    We were delighted to welcome Sir Terry Pratchett as Author of the Day on Tuesday 8th April. Adored by millions of readers worldwide for his genre-defying blend of comedy, fantasy and science fiction, we celebrated his work by dedicating the first day of the show to International Sir Terry Pratchett Day.

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    Malorie Blackman

    On the last day of the Fair, we welcomed Waterstones Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman as Children's Author of the Day. Malorie’s attendance at the 2014 Fair was particularly special as it was the first time a Children’s Laureate has taken part in the Author of the Day programme.

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  • Sun-Mi Hwang

    On the Wednesday of the Fair, we welcomed international bestselling and award-winning author Sun-mi Hwang as Market Focus Author of the Day in honour of Korea Market Focus 2014.

    Sun-Mi attended the Fair on the same day as HRH Duchess of Cornwall and was introduced to our royal guest on the Korea pavilion stand.

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