Hello and thank you for visiting.
I’m a writer of books, of plays and of screenplays. I came to the novel late, having put it off as long as possible, but making my way to the form via writing for the screen then the stage.
I was born in London, the first generation child of Indian immigrants – and I owe them more gratitude than I ever gave them growing up, for all the struggles they faced. After a comprehensive school (the D-stream) I won a scholarship to Oxford. I’ve since had the honour of representing English literature for the British Council in Russia, Peru, Mexico and Poland.
I believe nurture is easily as important as nature – and that nurture is now what nature most needs. Nurture, protection and champions. As a city child at our local urban brook (when sticklebacks still swam there) my mother would stand us on a concrete bridge and 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.
A lot has changed. Storytelling is the job.