novelist, born in London. After studying English at Oxford he worked as a journalist, was travel correspondent for Time Out, and in 1999 was named Observer Young Travel Writer of the Year. Since 1995 he has been a contributing editor to Mute, a culture and technology magazine. His award‐winning first novel, The Impressionist (2002), is a fast‐paced, witty exploration of national and cultural identity, and our definition of civilization. In 2003 Granta named him among twenty ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, and in the same year he refused the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, on the grounds that it was backed by the Mail on Sunday, citing their ‘hostility towards black and Asian people’. Transmission (2004) is a sly and moving satire involving contemporary computer culture, Silicon Valley as a workplace, and a Bollywood‐inspired computer virus. Noise (2005) is a volume of short stories.