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Mohammed Hanif (born November 1964) is a British Pakistani writer and journalist who writes a monthly opinion piece in The New York Times.[1]

Mohammed Hanif
BornNovember, 1964
Okara, Pakistan
OccupationWriter, journalist
Nationality Pakistan
 United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of East Anglia, Pakistan Air Force Academy
Notable worksA Case of Exploding Mangoes
Notable awardsWellcome Book Prize, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Commonwealth Prize for Best Book

Hanif is the author of the critically acclaimed book A Case of Exploding Mangoes, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and won the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book.[2] His second book, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, won the Wellcome Book Prize. He also worked as a correspondent for the BBC News based in Karachi and was the writer for its acclaimed drama and the feature film, The Long Night.[3][4] He work has been published by The New York Times,[5][6] The Daily Telegraph,[7] The New Yorker[8] and The Washington Post. His play The Dictator's Wife has been staged at the Hampstead Theatre.[9]


He was born in Okara, Pakistan. He graduated from Pakistan Air Force Academy as a pilot officer, but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism.[10] He initially worked for Newsline and wrote for The Washington Post and India Today. He is a graduate of the University of East Anglia.[11] In 1996, he moved to London to work for the BBC. Later, he became the head of the BBC's Urdu service in London.[11] He moved back to Pakistan in 2008.[12]


His first novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008) was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Book Award[13] and longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.[14] It won the 2009 Commonwealth Book Prize in the Best First Book category[15] and the 2008 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.[16]

Hanif has also written for the stage and screen, including a feature film, The Long Night (2002),[17] a BBC radio play, What Now, Now That We Are Dead?, and the stage play The Dictator's Wife (2008).[18] His second novel, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, was published in 2011.[19] It was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize (2012),[20] and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (2013).[21]

He is currently collaborating with composer Mohammed Fairouz on an opera titled Bhutto.[22]

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.[23]



  • The Long Night (Script) (2002)



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


  1. ^ "Mohammed Hanif". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Mohammed Hanif". the Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Mohammed Hanif: Places in My Heart – CornellCast". CornellCast. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Mohammed Hanif | Penguin Random House". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  5. ^ Hanif, Mohammed (24 July 2015). "Of Dogs, Faith and Imams". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  6. ^ Hanif, Mohammed (22 January 2016). "Pakistan's Unnecessary Martyrs". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Hay 2012: Freedom of Speech column: Mohammed Hanif". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  8. ^ Hanif, Mohammed (14 November 2013). "Why Pakistan Lionizes Its Tormenters". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  9. ^ "The Dictator's Wife comes to Islamabad Literature Festival – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Author Spotlight: Mohammed Hanif ", Random House
  11. ^ a b "Mohammed Hanif". Random House.
  12. ^ "Mohammed Hanif on his homecoming to Pakistan". London: The Guardian. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  13. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (31 October 2008). "Five of the best in line for the Guardian first book award". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  14. ^ Prize Archive 2008, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 November 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), The Man Booker Prize website. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  15. ^ 2009 Winners, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 January 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), The Commonwealth Foundation Website. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  16. ^ 'The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2008 – The Winner', [1], Remembering Shakti Bhatt webpage [2], 27 January 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2012
  17. ^ 'Digital film tells of divided Pakistan', [3]. BBC News website. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  18. ^ 'Recent Wave Activity: The Dictator's Wife', [4], The Wave Theatre Website. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  19. ^ Yassin-Kassab, Robin (7 October 2007), 'Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif – review', [5]. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  20. ^ Charlotte Williams (15 October 2012). "Random House gets four nods for Wellcome Trust Book Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  21. ^ Supriya Nair (21 November 2012). "DSC Prize 2013 shortlist announced". Mint. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  22. ^ Opera America Page for Bhutto
  23. ^ [6] rediffnews Retrieved 26 July 2012.

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