Hari Kunzru was born in 1969, and grew up in Essex. He studied English at Oxford University, then gained an MA in Philosophy and Literature from Warwick University.In 1999 he was named The Observer Young Travel Writer of the Year, and in 2004 he became a member of the Executive Council of English PEN. He is on the editorial board of Mute, the culture and technology magazine. He has had short stories published in various magazines, and his first novel, The Impressionist (2002), won the 2002 Betty Trask Prize and the 2003 Somerset Maugham award and was also shortlisted for several awards, including the 2002 Whitbread First Novel Award. His second novel, Transmission (2004), centers on Arjun Mehta, a computer programmer, who lands a new job in America’s Silicon Valley, only to find things do not turn out as he imagines. This won him the inaugural ‘decibel’ award at the British Book Awards and was named a New York Times notable book of the year. In 2005 he published Noise, a short story collection, and his third novel, My Revolutions, in 2007.
In 2003, Hari Kunzru was named by Granta magazine as one of twenty ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. His latest novel is Gods Without Men (2011). He is the deputy president of English PEN. In 2013 he participated in a collaborative exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 20 internationally acclaimed illustrators, graphic designers and typographers turned a story of Kunzru’s Memory Palace into a walk-in story visualised by a series of commissions. The 10,000 word novella, which formed the basis of the exhibition, was published by the V&A in 2013. His prose essay on his experiences of the music of New York, Twice Upon A Time: Listening to New York, was published by Atavist Books in 2014.