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Hanif Kureishi

Novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director

Hanif Kureishi, an English-Pakistani writer, grew up in Kent and studied philosophy at King’s College London. He started writing plays and won the George Devine Award with Outskirts. Among his best film scripts, highlights include the films My Beautiful Laundrette (nominated for the Oscar for the best original film script), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, Le Week-End and London Kills Me (which he also directed). His novels include The Buddha of Suburbia (Whitbread Award for the Best First Novel), The Black Album, Intimacy, The Last Word and The Nothing. He is the author of several collections of short stories and of non-fiction works. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages. Kureishi is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has been awarded the PEN/Printer Prize (2010). He is a professor in creative writing at Kingston University in London.

Update: 4 July 2018


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Meeting with Hanif Kureishi

The multitalented British writer talks with Alicia Kopf