Iqbal Ahmed was born in Kashmir in 1968 and has lived in London since 1994. His books have been chosen as Books of the Year in The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, Economist and New Statesman. They have also been favourably reviewed in many newspapers and magazines, including the TLS, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Tablet, Le Temps and New Zealand Listener. Iqbal writes from the standpoint of an immigrant who has travelled widely and worked in a variety of occupations in London. His curiosity and cosmopolitan outlook have been nourished by his vantage point as concierge of a busy London hotel that is part of a worldwide chain.