Amit Chaudhuri is an internationally acclaimed author (‘one of his generation’s best writers’, the Guardian; ‘one of the most versatile and talented writers of his generation’, the Village Voice), and his books are published in more than twelve countries. He has won several prizes for his fiction, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Betty Trask award, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Indian government’s Sahitya Akademi award. The omnibus edition of his first three novels, Freedom Song: Three Novels, was an independent bookshop bestseller in America, as well as one of the New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember 2000. He was one of the Observer’s Twenty One Writers for the Millennium. He has taught at Cambridge University, Columbia University, Free University, Berlin, and is now Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. Chaudhuri is also a critic of distinction; his study of D H Lawrence’s poetry was described as ‘genuinely groundbreaking’ by Terry Eagleton, and ‘a classic’ by Tom Paulin. He is the editor of the influential Picador and Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature. His collection of critical essays, Clearing a Space, will be published in May 2008.