About The Author
Hanif Kureishi is an author, screenwriter and playwright, born and raised in south London.
His 1985 screenplay, My Beautiful Laundrette, was nominated for an Oscar, after being made into an award-winning film by Stephen Frears.
His debut novel, The Buddha of Suburbia, won the 1990 Whitbread First Novel Award. It was subsequently adapted for television, accompanied by a soundtrack album by David Bowie. Five further novels and two short story collections followed.
He has also written numerous further plays and screenplays, including a play of second novel, The Black Album, and an award-winning film of Intimacy. His essays have tackled topics such as race, class, sexuality and the religious divide between east and West, as well as his father - who was born in Madras but moved to Pakistan after Partition of India - and the creative processes behind writing.
His latest novel is The Last Word, in which a young writer, Harry Johnson, is sent to stay with an eminent Indian-born writer, Mamoon Azam, once the fiery post-colonialist darling of the literary scene and now living in the English countryside with his latest wife.
Mammon has consented to being interviewed by Harry for an authorised biography, but while Mamoon is intent on seeing his career and reputation revitalised by a suitably respectful account of his life and work, Harry is under instruction from his publisher to draw out the more salacious details for some rather more sensationalist.
Like Mamoon in his prime, Harry is quite the lothario, providing an excellent basis for the cut and thrust of debate as Mamoon shares his views on life, literature and women with the young man now hanging on his every word.
Dazzlingly witty and scabrously funny, The Last Word is a brilliant satire of literary pretension and base masculinity, that has every member of London litetrati anxiously looking out for hints of themselves in its pages. In particular, some reviewers have drawn parallels between Kureishi's novel and Philip French's sojourn with VS Naipaul, resulting in extremely candid authorised biography of the Nobel Laureate.
Here, exclusively for Foyles, Hanif Kureishi shares his Top Ten books.
1 Psychopathology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud
2 Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
3 Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
4 Collected Poems by Frederick Seidel
5 The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
6 What is Madness? by Darian Leader
7 The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant by Mavis Gallant
8 Eroticism by Georges Bataille
9 Dear Boy by Emily Berry
10 Joy in the Morning by PG Wodehouse