2020 Booker Prize Judge
Sameer Rahim is an author and critic.
He has worked in literary journalism for 15 years. Currently arts and books editor at Prospect magazine, he has previously worked at the Daily Telegraph and the London Review of Books, as well as reviewing extensively for other publications. His critical writing includes pieces on V.S. Naipaul, Kazuo Ishiguro, Clive James and Geoffrey Hill.
He won a William Hazlitt Prize in 2013 for an essay on the historical origins of Islam and has judged the Forward Prize for Poetry, the Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Costa Poetry Prize. In 2019 he published a novel, Asghar and Zahra (JM Originals), which was compared to the work of Ian McEwan, and chosen by Colm Tóibín as one of the books of the year.