13 Jul 2023

‘I don’t know if I will ever hold a pen again’: Hanif Kureishi on the ‘hell’ of life after his accident


It was Boxing Day last year when the acclaimed British writer Hanif Kureishi – author of the Buddha of Suburbia – was hospitalised after a fall in Rome that left him paralysed. Since then his family have helped him share his pain, frustration and creativity via moving – and sometimes darkly comic – outpourings on social media.

Earlier today he briefly left the London hospital which has, for now, become his home, for his first TV interview since his life was changed forever.

The writer has, through the suffering, been documenting his journey in extraordinary blog posts – which are now being turned into a book.