Born in rural Bangladesh, Zia Haider Rahman was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Cambridge, Munich, and Yale Universities. He has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and as an international human-rights lawyer. In the Light of What We Know is his first novel.
"'This formidable novel unpacks friendship, betrayal, unknowability - and includes an astute take on Englishness, on class, on mathematical theory, human rights, and whether people can trust their own perception of the world' (Observer) 'Brilliant and heartbreaking, In the Light of What We Know is the first truly great book of the new century.' (Ceridwen Dovey, author of BLOOD KIN: A NOVEL)"