Mar 29, 2014 · 3:00 PM
Hanif Kureishi is a Pakistani-English author and playwright. His work deals predominantly with issues of racial and cultural identity in contemporary culture. His first novel, Buddha of Suburbia, won the 1990 Whitbread Award for Best First Novel and he won the PEN Pinter Prize in 2010.
Buddha of Suburbia is said to be quite autobiographical. It is about Karim, a mixed-race teenager who is desperate to escape suburban South London and make new experiences in the 1970s. It was later made into a British television series with a theme song written by David Bowie!