I’m a writer of books, of plays and of screenplays. I came to the novel late because of all literary forms I love it most and therefore didn’t dare, for far too long. I am now making up time.
I was born in London, the first generation child of Indian immigrants. I went to a comprehensive then a grammar school, where I won a scholarship to Oxford. I’ve since had the honour of representing English literature for the British Council.
I believe in nurture easily as much as nature and I’m deeply influenced by the natural world and its vulnerable state. As a city child when we went for walks to our local urban brook (when sticklebacks still swam there) my mother used to quote from As You Like It:
And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it.
No fish swim there any more. Storytelling is my job.