Bahiyyih Nakhjavani was born in Iran, grew up in Uganda and was educated in Britain. After completing her doctorate in the USA, she taught English and related literature in Europe, Africa and the Middle East as well as Canada and America. She has published two titles in the UK (Bloomsbury), three in the US (Stanford University Press) and four in France (Actes Sud). Many of her novels are also available in Spanish (Alianza) and Italian (Rizzoli). She currently lives in France where she has been teaching and writing for the past twenty years.