screenwriter and novelist, born in Bromley, south London, and educated at King's College, London. His mother is English, his father Pakistani. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette (1986), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), and My Son the Fanatic (1998, based on a story from Love in a Blue Time, 1997). His first novel, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990), is a spirited narration by bisexual Karim Amir, ‘an Englishman born and bred, almost’, whose father, Haroon, came to England from Bombay in 1950; it offers a comic and idiosyncratic panorama of multicultural life in a south London suburb. Other works include the novels The Black Album (1995), dealing with race and religion in contemporary London, and Gabriel's Gift (2001); Intimacy (1998), a confessional novella narrated by a man about to leave his partner and sons; and ‘The Body’ and Other Stories (2002).