Hanif Kureishi grew up in Kent and studied philosophy at King’s College London. His novels include “The Buddha of Suburbia”, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel; “The Black Album”; “Intimacy”; and “The Last Word”. His screenplays include ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay; ‘Sammy and Rosie Get Laid’; and ‘Le Week-End’. He has also published several collections of short stories. 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). His books have been translated into thirty-six languages.