Book Signing - Fly Back and Purify- 16 November 2017

Pictured: Mal with Fay from the York Road Project

My debut novel The Asylum Soul was very well received by readers and following its success with a second title, was always going to be something of a challenge. Fortunately, this event at the Crown in Knaphill turned out to be a minor triumph despite my early reservations. A healthy gathering of valiant souls attended the pub during the evening and shared some great feedback about both books for which I am extremely grateful. 

The highlight of the evening for me though was the privilege of being able to present a cheque to Fay Kearly, the day centre operating manager of Woking’s charity for the homeless, the York Road Project. The money raised represented the full royalties from sales of a number of copies of the first limited edition of Fly Back and Purify.


My sincere thanks to everyone who attended the event and to those who sent messages of support. It really was a fantastic evening!

Meet the Author Event

Pic: By Jim Binney

On Wednesday 26 April 2017 Mal Foster spoke to a packed house at the Baptist Church Hall, Knaphill about his debut novel The Asylum Soul and his forthcoming book Fly Back and Purify ahead of the Knaphill Resident’s Association AGM. Both of his books are set in the Knaphill/Brookwood and Woking area.

He spoke about how he got in to writing and what inspired him to write his first two novels. He also talked candidly about the work of other local authors and his own recent flirtations with journalism and the difference between writing books and preparing articles for an established local newspaper.



What they said... 

  • “Thanks for speaking ahead of our AGM, it went well and the audience appeared very interested.” – John Butler, Chairman, Knaphill Residents’ Association 
  • “You did really well ...... The talk was both interesting and amusing... you held everyone's attention.” ... – Jim Binney, Minister, Baptist Church, Knaphill 
  • “Public speaking is obviously not my forte and it showed; fortunately the audience was very sympathetic. The feedback afterwards was amazing.” – Mal Foster 

Book Launch & Signing - The Asylum Soul - 15 June 2015

Pic: By Christopher Cohen Napier

Held at the Crown in Knaphill and attended by around fifty people between 6pm and 8pm, this popular little pub in Knaphill enjoyed one of its busiest Monday evenings for quite some time.   

"How do you launch a book? - I don’t know but it was difficult to keep it all together tonight. Thanks to everyone for your interest and kind comments and I really hope you enjoy the read! ‘Humbled’ is the only word I can think of to describe how I feel right now." - Mal Foster speaking shortly after the event.  

Charity Walk in aid of ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’

Pic: By Gary Fellows

A charity walk conducted by author Mal Foster took place on Sunday 01 November 2015 around the former Brookwood Hospital grounds at Knaphiill near Woking, Surrey. 

Over twenty people attended the event In aid of Beating Bowel Cancer,

During the hour long stroll against a backdrop of magnificent autumn colours, Mal spoke about what inspired the storylines behind The Asylum Soul and pointed out places of interest connected with the book.

If you would like to donate to the charity:  PLEASE CLICK HERE

Radio Interview - Radio Woking

Mal with Zahir and Jackie at Radio Woking

On Wednesday 12 August 2015 author Mal Foster appeared on the We Love Woking show at Radio Woking with DJs Jackie Witney and Zahir Ahmed to talk about his compelling debut novel The Asylum Soul, what inspired him to write the book and his future plans.

The show is a community programme covering Woking and all its surrounding villages, including Knaphill where the old Brookwood Asylum was located until its ultimate closure in 1994.

In a lively broadcast Mal also spoke about Knaphill in general, a bit about himself and the work of other local authors. 

To listen go to:

Promoting the book at the Knaphill Village Show

Pic: Courtesy Woking News & Mail

Left: Mal Foster 'promoting' The Asylum Soul at the Knaphill Village Show on Saturday 18 July 2015 with Surrey County Councillor Saj Hussein and Woking Borough Councillor Melanie Whitehand. Due to the book's connection with the former Brookwood Hospital at Knaphill, near Woking, Mal feels that local promotion has been an essential part of the PR process.

Radio Interview - Radio Wey

Pic: By Jon Andrews

On Monday 29 June 2015 Mal Foster appeared on the Brunchtime Breakfast Show with DJ Jon Andrews at Radio Wey to talk about The Asylum Soul and what inspired the story. Other topics covered included Mal's poetry and his working career. He also picked a couple of his favourite songs which he was grateful to have played on air. 


To find out more about this vibrant local radio station which is now in its 50th year - go to: