Born in London, Mahjoub was raised in Khartoum, Sudan. He has since lived in the UK, Denmark and currently Spain. He has published seven novels, including Travelling with Djinns (Chatto&Windus 2001) and The Drift Latitudes (Chatto & Windus 2003). His work has been widely translated and won awards including the NH Mario Vargas Llosa prize and the Ettonants Voyageur’s Prix de l’Astrolabe. He is a contributing editor at Guernica magazine. Dogstar Rising (Bloomsbury 2013), is the latest Makana Mystery by his alter ego, Parker Bilal.