Novelist, and Professor of English and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Kent. He was born in Zanzibar and now lives in Canterbury, Kent. His novel, Paradise,was shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 1994, and By the Sea was longlisted in 2001. He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, was 2003 chair of judges of The Caine Prize for African Writing, and is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie. His last novel was The Last Gift (2011).