Priya Basil, b. 1977, London/Great Britain, grew up in Kenya and lives today in London and Berlin. She studied English Literature at the University of Bristol and subsequently worked for three years in advertising before moving to Berlin to begin writing her debut novel Ishq and Mushq (2007).
Her second novel–a love story between a British Muslim and a Kenyan Sikh titled The Obscure Logic of the Heart–appeared in 2010 with translation into German following in 2012. Her essays also appear regularly in renowned publications such as The Guardian, Lettre International and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
As co-founder of the Authors for Peace initiative and co-author of a 2013 appeal against mass digital surveillance, Basil engages with political issues. Her literary work has been nominated for numerous awards including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Ishq and Mushq
The Obscure Logic of the Heart
Strangers on the 16:02