Giles Foden has lived in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. He attended Cambridge University, where he won the Harper-Wood studentship in creative writing. He used the proceeds of this to return to Uganda and write his first novel, The Last King of Scotland. He is author of three other novels and also of the nonfiction book Mimi and Toutou Go Forth: The Bizarre Battle of Lake Tanganyika. He has worked as a journalist – for the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian and Conde Nast Traveller – and as an academic. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He was a judge of the MAN Booker Prize in 2007. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Granta and Esquire, among other publications.