Mirza Waheed was born and brought up in Kashmir. His debut novel, The Collaborator, was an international bestseller, a finalist for the Guardian First Book award and the Shakti Bhat prize, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize. It was selected by Waterstones as part of its big literary debut promotion, Waterstones 11. It was also a book of the year for the Telegraph, New Statesman, Financial Times, Business Standard and Telegraph India, among others.
His latest novel, The Book of Gold Leaves, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim. The Book of Gold Leaves was shortlisted for the DSC prize for South Asian Literature 2016, longlisted for the Folio prize, and was a finalist for the 2015 Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year (Fiction).
Waheed has written for the BBC, the Guardian, Granta, Guernica, Al Jazeera English and the New York Times. He lives in London.