Hanif Kureishiborn 5 December 1954) is a British Pakistani playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

Kureishi was born on 5 December 1954 in Bromley, South London to a Pakistani father, Rafiushan (Shanoo) Kureishi, and an English mother, Audrey Buss. His father was from a wealthy family based in Madras (now Chennai), whose members moved to Pakistan after the Partition of India in 1947. Rafiushan traveled to the UK in 1950  to study law, but he ran out of money and needed to take a desk job at the Pakistani embassy instead. There he met his wife-to-be, Audrey Buss, "a young lower-middle-class suburban woman". He wanted to be a writer but his ambitions were frustrated, "eking out a life of permanent disappointment, writing novels on the kitchen table, but getting turned down." After the couple married, they settled in Bromley, where their son Hanif Kureishi was born.


Novels and Stories

Novels

1990 The Buddha of Suburbia, London: Faber and Faber

1995 The Black Album, London: Faber and Faber

1998 Intimacy, London: Faber and Faber

2001 Gabriel's Gift, London: Faber and Faber

2003 The Body, London: Faber and Faber

2008 Something to Tell You, London: Faber and Faber

2014 The Last Word, London: Faber and Faber

2017 The Nothing, London: Faber and Faber

2019 What Happened?, London: Faber and Faber


Stories

1997 Love in a Blue Time, London: Faber and Faber

1999 Midnight All Day, London: Faber and Faber

2019 "She Said, He Said", The New Yorker