Amit Chaudhuri is a novelist, essayist, poet, and musician. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in Calcutta and the United Kingdom, where he is a professor of contemporary literature at the University of East Anglia. Friend of My Youth is his seventh novel. Among Chaudhuri’s other works are three books of essays, the most recent of which is The Origins of Dislike, and two volumes of poetry, including Sweet Shop. He has made several recordings of Indian classical and experimental music.