Giles Foden's books include The Last King of Scotland (1998), his second and most famous novel, which is set in Uganda during Idi Amin’s rule and was turned into a film in 2006.
From his Q & A with Anna Metcalfe in the Financial Times:
What book changed your life?Read the complete Q & A.
Paul Muldoon’s book of poems Meeting the British (1987). I was lucky to be taught by him at university. He showed me how to mix aesthetic, political and personal concerns in the same artwork.
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Which literary character most resembles you?
Lucky Jim [in Kingsley Amis’ book of the same name], for all his hapless incompetence.
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What book do you wish you’d written?
Graham Greene’s A Burnt-Out Case. It’s a brilliant evocation of Africa and of the artistic personality.