Mohsin Hamid was born in 1971 in Lahore, Pakistan, and he grew up in both Pakistan and the US.
He studied at Princeton and Harvard Law School, and worked as a management consultant in New York.
Hamid has written journalism for TIME, New York Times, Guardian, Independent and New Statesman.
His first novel, Moth Smoke (2000, Granta) was a New York Times Notable Book, won the Betty Trask First Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel in America.
Hamid now lives in London.