Nadeem Aslam was born in Pakistan in 1966, moving to the UK as a teenager. Here he studied Biochemistry in Manchester, before leaving the course to pursue his writing. He is the author of Season of the Rainbirds (1993), Maps for Lost Lovers (2004) and The Wasted Vigil (2008). His most recent novel is The Golden Legend. Naddem Aslam lives in London.