Aamer Hussein was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, but has lived in Britain since the 1970s. He studied at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, where he teaches Urdu.
Aamer is a short-story writer whose main collections are Mirror to the Sun (Mantra, 1993), This Other Salt (Saqi, 1999) and Turquoise (Saqi, 2002). His work has also been anthologised and he has edited collections by other Pakistani writers.
Aamer is a prolific contributor to the book pages of the national press and to literary journals. He has held various posts at universities in the UK, including as the Postcolonial Writing Fellow at Southampton University in 2000.