Currently, living in South London with his wife, Canadian photographer Charla Jones, Adam Foulds has come a long way in his thirty years on this planet. Born in 1974, on the border of London and Essex County, Foulds was a child of wonder. From an early age, Foulds found love in bird watching and natural history, believing he would grow up to become a zoologist (Wroe). Foulds attended Bancroft’s School in Woodford Green where at age fifteen he discovered his talent for writing, when a teacher suggested he wrote a piece for the school’s poetry club (Elgot; “Adam Foulds- UEA”). The teacher was so impressed by the work Foulds was producing that he encouraged him to keep hold of his drafts as one day scholars might be interested in him (Wroe).
Foulds went through the rest of his education, earning his bachelor’s degree at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, before going on to study creative writing at the University of East Anglia (“Adam Foulds”). After graduating UEA, Foulds began the search for an agent, working in shops and offices in the meantime (“Adam Foulds- UEA”). While his university friends went off to become lawyers, doctors, and academics, Foulds found himself working as a forklift truck driver in a warehouse in Tufnell Park. However, he did not dislike the job as the manual work gave him time alone with his thoughts to create new ideas for his writing (Foulds). Foulds first novel (The Truth about These Strange Times) was published in 2007, six years after graduating UEA with his master’s degree in creative writing (“Adam Foulds”).
Foulds only has three published works, The Truth about These Strange Times, a novel published in 2007, The Broken Word, a narrative poem published in 2008, and The Quickening Maze, another novel, published in 2009 (“Adam Foulds”). However, he is already well respected amongst fellow writers for his “astonishing turn of phrase,” as well as “his ability to create a fascinating group of characters and his skill at evoking a bygone world” – JC chief fiction reviewer David Herman (Elgot). Foulds has won many awards in the seven years since his first publication including the Betty Trask Award in 2007, the Sunday Time Young Writer Award, the Whitbread Costa Poetry Award and the John Llewellyn Rhy Prize, all in 2008, the Man Booker Prize, in 2009, the South Bank Show Award for Literature, and the Walter Scott Prize, both is 2010. Also in 2010, Foulds was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the senior literary organization in England dating back to 1820 when it was founded by King George IV (“Adam Foulds”).
Description is a key element in Foulds’s work and something that the author holds great importance in. “Description is where the reality of perception is most alive and the skill of the writer is most evident” – Foulds. When writing a scene, he will always consider “What are the details, what would ignite it…make the texture of the reality of that experience?” –Foulds (Turnball Fyfe)....