Mirza Waheed



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 was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. In 2011, Waterstones selected it 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 second 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).

Mirza has written for the BBC, the Guardian, Granta, Guernica, Scroll India, Caravan Magazine, Writers Mosaic, Al Jazeera English, and The New York Times.

Waheed’s latest novel Tell Her Everything was nominated for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 and Tata Literature Live Book of the Year. It won the Hindu Prize for Fiction 2019.

Tell Her Everything was published by Melville House in the US and the UK in February 2023.

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Mirza Waheed


Current Fellowship

University of Worcester, 2023–2024


  • King’s College London, 2019–2020
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, 2018–2018