Red Birds is the third novel by UEA alumnus Mohammed Hanif and is published in the UK by Bloomsbury this week. Mohammed graduated from the Prose Fiction MA in 2005 and published his debut novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes in 2008. This was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the James Tait Black Prize, and was the winner of the Literature Prize at the 2009 Corine International Book Awards and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the Europe and South Asia Best First Book category. His second novel Our Lady of Alice Bhatti was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Mohammed was a pilot officer in the Pakistan airforce before becoming a journalist and is a former head of the BBC’s Urdu service in London. He now lives in Karachi, and writes a monthly column for the New York Times.