Bestselling Egyptian writer Ahmed Mourad was born in Cairo in 1978 and studied cinematography at the Higher Institute of Cinema. His graduation projects won awards for best short films in festivals in England, France and Ukraine.
Ahmed’s first novel Vertigo, which he began in 2007, was adapted for TV and his second, Diamond Dust was turned into a movie with Ahmed writing the screenplay. In 2012 he published his hugely successful third novel, The Blue Elephant, which was shortlisted for the IPAF and which he has also adapted for the screen.
In 2014, Mourad released the first of two historical novels, 1919, which is currently in production as a film, followed by The Land of God in 2016. His sixth novel, Deer Hunting Season, takes place in the future, and his latest, Bat Well Motel, is a crime novel set in 1865.
Most of his books have also been translated into English, German and Italian.