Giles Foden: A career inspired by Africa

He’s dressed as one might expect a seasoned writer to be, loosely fit casual jacket and trousers, open shirt with a lone pencil perched awkwardly in the breast pocket; his hands ink stained. He strikes me as a man who treats his writing as a trade, rather than a profession, and it takes no time at all for him to admit it’s all he really knows.

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