Saleem Ahmed obituary

My friend Saleem Ahmed, who has died aged 80, was the author of six novels published under the pseudonym Adam Zameenzad. They were translated into at least 10 languages and won acclaim in Britain and abroad for their exuberance, their inventiveness and above all for their passionate commitment to the lives of the dispossessed.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, the son of Fatima Aziz and Shammim Ahmad, Saleem spent most of his childhood in his parents’ native Pakistan. He studied literature at Lahore University and gained a master’s at Karachi, where he lectured in English. He then spent periods in the US, Canada and Scandinavia, before arriving in the UK in 1974. He lived in London, then Southend-on-Sea, Essex, finally settling on the Isle of Grain in Kent and becoming a teacher of English at Brittons school (now the Brittons Academy), Rainham, Essex. He left in 1989, after the success of ...