Author Interviews

  • Welcome voice for young fiction

    <p>The children's book world celebrated many newcomers in 2002, and this year looks to be equally promising. Wipe Out, published this month by CollinsChildren'sBooks (&#163;7.99,... Read more

  • The author who toured the universe

    <p> M J Simpson Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams (Hodder, 3rd March, &#163;20, 0340824883).</p><p>M J Simpson has compiled the first full-length biography of Douglas... Read more

  • Writer sees loaf burn on odd days (5, 7)

    <p> Sandy Balfour Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8) (Atlantic, 13th February, &#163;12.99, 1843540363).</p><p>Sandy Balfour is a television producer living in London. His first book... Read more

  • Exploring America's split psyche

    <p> Eric Schlosser Reefer Madness (Allen Lane, 27th March, &#163;10.99, 0713996587).</p><p>Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, whose expos&eacute; of the fast food industry Fast Food Nation (Penguin,... Read more

  • What switches the genes on and off

    <p>Matt Ridley Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human (Fourth Estate, 7th April, &#163;18.99, 1841157457).</p><p>In his latest book, popular science writer Matt... Read more

  • Sophie under the spotlight

    <p>Model Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of Roald Dahl, is launching her writing career with a romantic picture story to be published for Valentine's Day</p><p> Sophie Dahl... Read more

  • Sophie under the spotlight

    <p>Model Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of Roald Dahl, is launching her writing career with a romantic picture story to be published for Valentine's Day</p><p> Sophie Dahl... Read more

  • Seeking unshakeable truth

    <p>Joyce Carol Oates' latest novel, about a young woman's painful path to adulthood in the early 1960s, is her most autobiographical yet</p><p>American novelist Joyce Carol... Read more

  • The new shape of fascism

    <p> BBC Europe correspondent Angus Roxburgh argues that far right attitudes to immigration are moving into the political mainstream in Britain and across the... Read more

  • The prosecutor's case

    <p> Pioneering lawyer Linda Fairstein, who was in charge of Manhattan's sex crimes unit for 30 years, has plenty of material to draw on... Read more

  • Eyeing up this autumn's offerings

    <p> Ian Hislop talks to Nicholas Clee about how Private Eye is thriving as a small publisher</p><p> "St Albion Parish News" in Private... Read more

  • Young and angry in Nigeria

    <p> Helon Habila won the Caine Prize, the "African Booker", for his novel 'Waiting for an Angel', about life in Lagos under military rule... Read more

  • Story of a late redemption

    <p> John Bird, founder of the Big Issue, was once a homeless runaway. He talks about his autobiography</p><p> John Bird, the founder of... Read more

  • Exploring unchartered waters

    <p> Gavin Menzies is making waves with his claim that early Chinese explorers pre-dated the discoveries of Christopher Columbus and Captain Cook </p><p>... Read more