Adam Foulds picks up a top award for a book he wrote in be­tween driv­ing fork-lifts

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

FOR­MER FORK-LIFT truck driver Adam Foulds has been named the Sun­day Times Young Writer of the Year.

Mr Foulds, 33, whose fa­ther is Rabbi Michael Foulds of the New Es­sex Ma­sorti Syn­a­gogue, picked up the award for his de­but novel, The Truth About Th­ese Strange Times (Wei­den­feld & Ni­col­son) — a book about con­tem­po­rary Lon­don life. It tells the story of an un­likely friend­ship be­tween a run­away child ge­nius and an over­weight, chain-smok­ing twen­tysome­thing Glaswe­gian.

“To win is def­i­nitely an am­bi­tion ful­filled,” Mr Foulds tells Peo­ple. “It is more than I ex­pected to come from it.” He spent two-and-a-half years writ­ing the novel, in ad­di­tion to work­ing full-time as a ware­house as­sis­tant — a job he has since given up. He says the char­ac­ters in the novel are based on some of his own charac- ter traits, and those of peo­ple he knows.

A grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of East Anglia writ­ing pro­gramme, Mr Foulds fought off com­pe­ti­tion from sev­eral short­listed ti­tles — Nikita Lal­wani’s Gifted (Vik­ing), James McCon­nachie’s The Book of Love (At­lantic), and twotimes nom­i­nee Robert Macfar­lane’s The Wild Places (Granta) — to take the £5,000 prize.

He has also re­cently re­leased a nar­ra­tive poem, The Bro­ken Word (Cape Po­etry).

Orig­i­nally from Gants Hill, Es­sex, he lives in For­est Hill, South East Lon­don.

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