Rajeev Balasubramanyam’s first novel, IN BEAUTIFUL DISGUISES (Bloomsbury 2000) won a Betty Trask Prize and was nominated for the Guardian First Fiction Prize. In 2004 he was awarded the Clarissa Luard Prize for the best British writer under the age of 35. His long-awaited second novel,  THE DREAMER (HarperCollins 2010) was published to critical acclaim in 2010, based on his Ian St. James Award-winning story of the same title. His latest book, STARSTRUCK, consists of ten stories each ‘starring’ a celebrity, is now available on, or from

Rajeev has a PhD in English, and holds degrees from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He has lived in  London, Manchester, a remote Suffolk beach, Berlin, Kathmandu, and Hong Kong, where he was a Research Scholar in the Society of Scholars at Hong Kong University.

He is a currently a fellow of the Hemera Foundation, for writers with a meditation practice, and has been writer in residence at Crestone Zen Mountain Center and the Zen Center of New York City. His journalism has appeared in VICE, the Washington Post, The Economist, Salon, London Review of Books, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, the Rumpus, New Statesman, The Independent,  Frieze and others. He writes a regular blog on spirituality and racism in the USA called AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE – the latest entries can be found on

His short fiction has been widely anthologised, most recently in McSweeney’s, The Paris ReviewThe Rumpus, and the Missouri Review, Spring 2017 which features the opening of his new novel, PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS which will be published in January 2019 by Chatto & Windus/Vintage (UK) and Random House (USA).