Mohammed Hanif

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For the Afghan Taliban spokesman, see Muhammad Hanif.

Mohammed Hanif (born November 1964 in Okara, Pakistan) is a Pakistani writer and journalist.


He was born in Okara. He graduated from Pakistan Air Force Academy as a pilot officer, but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism.[1] He initially worked for Newsline and wrote for The Washington Post and India Today. He is a graduate of the University of East Anglia.[2] In 1996, he moved to London to work for the BBC. Later, he became the head of the BBC's Urdu service in London.[2] He moved back to Pakistan in 2008.[3]


His first novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008) was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Book Award[4] and longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.[5] It won the 2009 Commonwealth Book Prize in the Best First Book category[6] and the 2008 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.[7]

Hanif has also written for the stage and screen, including a feature film, The Long Night (2002),[8] a BBC radio play, What Now, Now That We Are Dead?, and the stage play The Dictator's Wife (2008).[9] His second novel, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, was published in 2011.[10] It was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize (2012),[11] and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (2013).[12]

Hanif's style has often been compared with that of author Salman Rushdie. But Hanif disagrees. Even though he says that he enjoys reading Rushdie's books, he would not want to suffer the same fate as Rushdie did.[13]



  • The Long Night (Script) (2002)



  • What Now, Now That We Are Dead? (radio play)
  • The Dictator's Wife (2008)


  1. ^ "Author Spotlight: Mohammed Hanif ", Random House
  2. ^ a b "Mohammed Hanif". Random House. 
  3. ^ "Mohammed Hanif on his homecoming to Pakistan". London: The Guardian. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  4. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (31 October 2008). "Five of the best in line for the Guardian first book award". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  5. ^ Prize Archive 2008, [1], The Man Booker Prize website. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  6. ^ 2009 Winners, [2], The Commonwealth Foundation Website. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  7. ^ 'The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2008 - The Winner', [3], Remembering Shakti Bhatt webpage [4], 27 January 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-05
  8. ^ 'Digital film tells of divided Pakistan', [5]. BBC News website. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  9. ^ 'Recent Wave Activity: The Dictator's Wife', [6], The Wave Theatre Website. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  10. ^ Yassin-Kassab, Robin (7 October 2007), 'Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif - review', [7]. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  11. ^ Charlotte Williams (15 October 2012). "Random House gets four nods for Wellcome Trust Book Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ Supriya Nair (November 21, 2012). "DSC Prize 2013 shortlist announced". Mint. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ [8] rediffnews Retrieved 2012-07-26.

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