Hari Kunzru was born in 1969 and grew up in Essex near junction 26 of the M25. Later he took degrees in literature and philosophy, and did ‘the usual rubbish jobs’ while trying to get a book published. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Wired, ID, the Economist and the London Review of Books. In 1999 he was named Observer Young Travel Writer of the Year. He is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004) and My Revolutions (2007), Gods Without Men (2011) and the story collection Noise (2005).