Writer, renowned journalist and film-maker Tariq Ali was born in Lahore. He graduated from Oxford University and on leaving went on to lead the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign. During the 1980s he owned his own independent production company, Bandung, which produced programmes for Channel 4 in the UK. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and contributes to magazines and newspapers including The Guardian and the London Review of Books. He is editorial director of London publisher Verso and is on the board of the New Left Review, for whom he is also an editor. His fiction includes a series of historical novels about Islam: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (1992), The Book of Saladin (1998), The Stone Woman (2000), A Sultan in Palermo (2005) and Night of the Golden Butterfly (2010). His non-fiction includes 1968: Marching in the Streets (1998), a social history of the 1960s, and The Obama Syndrome (2010).
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