Iraqi novelist Ali Bader was born in Baghdad in 1964. He studied philosophy and French literature at Baghdad University before working as a journalist for a number of newspapers and magazines. In addition, he is the author of over 15 books, from travel writing and works of criticism to nine works of fiction. He has won a number prizes for his novels, many of which have been translated into other languages. His novels include Papa Sartre – awarded the State Prize for Literature in Baghdad in 2002 – Tumult, Women and a Sunken Writer and Running after the Wolves and The Tobacco Guard. Two of his novels have been longlisted for The International Prize for Arabic Fiction: The Tobacco Guard (2009) and Kings of Sands (2010). He currently lives in Amman, Jordan.