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Novelist Philip Hensher discussed his new novel Scenes from Early Life with his husband, Zaved Mahmood, on whose early life the work is based at this year’s Oxford Literary Festival. Scenes from Early Life is part novel, part autobiography and part history of a brutal civil war. The discussion was chaired by Dr James Hawes, senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes
Hensher has published a number of novels including The Mulberry Empire. In 2003 he was listed as one of Granta’s 20 best young British novelists. His semi-autobiographical novel The Northern Clemency was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2008. Mahmood is a human rights lawyer.