In the Light of What We Know (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014) was published to international critical acclaim and won the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Britain’s oldest literary prize, previous winners of which include Evelyn Waugh, Nadine Gordimer, Salman Rushdie and Cormac McCarthy. The novel won, or was shortlisted or longlisted for many other prizes. It was included in numerous end-of-year lists of best books and has been translated into many languages.

Zia Haider Rahman is the 2017 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; a Fellow at New America, Washington, D.C.; a Senior Fellow at the Kreisky Forum, Vienna; an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University; and has been appointed a 2019 Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere, and he is a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s A Point of View.

Born in rural Bangladesh, he grew up in London, first in a squat, then on a council estate (social housing), and was educated at Oxford, Cambridge, Munich and Yale universities.

Press Kit

Selected Media

UNC Chapel Hill, The Institute Podcast
Interview discussing writing and Brexit (20 min)

The New York Review of Books
The Assault on Reason
The Novelist’s Complicity

BBC Radio 4, A Point of View
The Novelist’s Complicity (9 min)
The Assault on Reason (9 min)
A Folder Called ‘Hope’ (9 min)

BBC Radio 4, A Picture Held Us Captive (29 min): a fascinating half-hour; one that opens your mind like a blossoming flower—The Guardian   this breathtakingly clever programme—The Times

ABC RN Australia, BooksPlus Kate Evans/Michael Cathcart (11 min)    extended version (29 min)