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) and Maps for Lost Lovers (2004). His most recent novel, The Wasted Vigil, was published in 2008. Naddem Aslam lives in london.