Hanif Kureishi was born in Bromley, a South London suburb, on 5 December 1954. He attended the University of London, where he studied Philosophy, and after leaving school rose from the rank of usher to become the writer in residence at the Royal Theatre. His early plays were produced by London’s Theatre Upstairs, the Royal Court Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and he enjoyed international success with the 1985 screenplay My Beautiful Laundrette, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1990, his novel, The Buddha of Suburbia, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for first novels. His fiction has since appeared regularly in prestigious periodicals such as the New Yorker, Granta, the London Review of Books and the Atlantic Monthly. Kureishi was married to Tracey Scoffield, his former editor at Faber & Faber, with whom he had twin boys (born in 1993) named Sachin and Carlo (he and Scoffield are now divorced). He began a relationship in 1995 with Monique Proudlove, and 1998 the couple had a son, named Kier.
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