Brought up in Pakistan, Aamer Hussein is the author of five collections of short stories, most recently Insomnia (2007); and two novels, Another Gulmohar Tree, (2009) and The Cloud Messenger (2011). He has also co-translated and edited Kahani (2005), a collection of fictions by Pakistani women writers, and is a frequent reviewer for the Independent. He is Professorial Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of English Studies. He has been on the jury of the Banipal Prize, the Impac Prize, the Commonwealth Prize (Eurasia) and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004.