Lucy Kellaway: “That the corporate world is so very badly in need of storytellers is a very bad sign. It shows that we don’t think our jobs are enough without them.” Photograph: Getty Images

What is your most valuable asset? If you take the question in monetary terms, the answer is probably your house. Equally, you could say it was your h(...)

Mohsin Hamid, author of the bestselling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is not a typical Pakistani Muslim. He argues eloquently that there is no s(...)

Akhil Sharma to aspiring authors: “Don’t do it! And if you are going to do it, take joy in the satisfactions that come from writing and don’t wait for the book to be done to be happy”. Photograph: Bill Miller

Born in India and raised in the US, Akhil Sharma is the author of An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2001 Whiti(...)

Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. Photograph: David Sleator

Mohsin Hamid has done it again. His 2007 novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, hit the zeitg(...)

Move to the City. Get an Education. Don’t Fall in Love. Avoid Idealists. Be Prepared to Use Violence. These early chapter headings in Mo(...)