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Hanif Kureishi

(1954-), Writer

Sitter in 3 portraits
Playwright, novelist and screenwriter. British-born Kureishi CBE rose to prominence with the enormous success of My Beautiful Laundrette (1986) for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and won the New York Critics' Best Screenplay Award (1987). Sammy and Rosie Get Laid followed (1988) and his novel, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) was later adapted for television. Kureishi's writing has often focused on sub-cultures within British society, highlighting, sometimes controversial issues surrounding race, class and sexuality and exploring topical themes such as identity and integration. He most recently published his 8th novel Nothing in 2017.

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Hanif Kureishi, by Jillian Edelstein - NPG x34146

Hanif Kureishi

by Jillian Edelstein
bromide print, 1989
NPG x34146

Hanif Kureishi, by Max Adelman - NPG x132266

Hanif Kureishi

by Max Adelman
archival digital print, 1993
NPG x132266

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Hanif Kureishi

by Jane Sebire
C-type colour print, 1997
NPG x88257



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