Novelist and journalist Mirza Waheed was born and brought up in Kashmir. His debut novel The Collaborator was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Shakti Bhat Prize, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. It was also book of the year for The Telegraph, New Statesman, Financial Times, Business Standard and Telegraph India, among others. Waheed has written for the BBC, The Guardian and Al Jazeera English and the New York Times. His second novel, The Book of Gold Leaves, was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016. He lives in London.