It’s incredible to be here in Soneva Fushi. It really is the most extraordinary place. And to be here with JLF which I had joined in the past but only virtually… and so for me… in some ways, it feels like a homecoming because I’m meeting people who I’ve had conversations with before but only through the computer. To be here with other people and in such an extraordinary place, it feels like a real privilege.

Patrick Radden KeefeWriter & Investigative Journalist


It’s been an absolutely marvelous experience here at JLF Soneva Fushi. I gave an event for my book Rebel Ideas, masterfully hosted by professor Marcus du Sautoy. But it’s not just the events, which are stunningly good – of great variety, of insights and perspectives – but also talking to the guests and other authors and the people who’ve come here to listen and to share.

Matthew Syed – Author

It’s an absolute privilege to be sharing mathematical stories here in such an extraordinary environment and with wonderful authors. I think the exciting thing is sharing stories, not just with the audience and people at the resorts, but with our fellow authors as well…I think JLF Soneva Fushi has done an extraordinary job of going and sharing stories across the world. We had an amazing festival in the city of Belfast, but I must say this is a very unique place to be having a literary festival at…on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean

Marcus De SautoyProfessor

Well, one of the joys of JLF is to first come and talk about your own work, but the most important thing is to hear other amazing authors talking about theirs… It’s incredible, partly because at Soneva Fushi the ethos is all about not just barefoot luxury, but the slow life…having a chance to think and to be able to listen and to be able to process what you’re hearing. It’s a combination of the two together, JLF and Soneva Fushi and it’s an absolute joy…the things I’ve been listening to the last few days have really stopped me in my tracks and made me think…and that’s what a really good literary festival will do.

Peter FrankopanProfessor of Global History
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