John Foley


John Foley FRSA is an audiobook producer and puzzle setter. After years of stage work as an actor, he turned to writing and radio. He has scripted and voiced more than 600 programmes for BBC English/World Service. Other audio work includes adapting numerous plays by writers such as Alan Bennett, Ronald Harwood, John Osborne, J. B. Priestley and Victoria Wood for World Service Drama and Radio 4. John has also produced more than 75 audiobooks for Macmillan, Naxos and Random House, mainly of unabridged classics by Boccaccio, Fanny Burney, Byron, Dostoevsky, Theodore Dreiser, Gogol, Hardy, Henry James, Kipling, D.H. Lawrence, Trollope, H. G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, and many others.

Previously published works include The Guinness Book of Beards & Moustaches (with Leslie Dunkling), and The Guinness Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols; a volume of musical anecdotes for Classic FM; stories for Disney comics, and a number of graded readers for children including Rubbish Rivals and Smellybear.

He is the ‘London Office’ for The School Times International (Denmark), and a regular contributor of French-themed crosswords and puzzles to The Connexion (‘France’s English-language newspaper’).

Another Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories is the follow-up to Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories (2017). Inspired by summers spent in Hans Christian Andersen’s house in Copenhagen, both collections of fables are enlivened with drawings by award-winning screenwriter, illustration artist and actor Grant Cathro. All profits from the first collection are shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and The Silver Line. All profits from the new book are going to Mencap (

The third collection of fables, Still More Simple and Slightly Silly Stories, will be published in 2019.


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