To say this is not a book based on V S Naipaul is taking the mickey: New Statesman

The-Last-WordHanif Kureishi’s new novel has attracted a great deal of pre-publication notice, not because it’s a new novel by Hanif Kureishi (whose recent work has, in truth, not been particularly newsworthy) but because the story revolves around a young writer commissioned to compile the autobiography of a crotchety and celebrated literary elder. The relationship between the two men closely mirrors that between V S Naipaul and Patrick French, whose 2008 authorised biography of the Nobel laureate, The World Is What it Is, was remarkable for its unflattering candour.

Hanif KureishiHanif Kureishi’s muse has long been transgression: dazzling early success was followed by a sex-and-drugs phase, family falling-out and a lacerating novel about marital breakdown. Now, with The Last Word, has he finally pinned down who he really is?: The Guardian

The first time I met Hanif Kureishi it was the mid-80s, and we talked about writing fiction for Faber and Faber whose list I was directing. Kureishi came into my office like a rock star and I remember thinking that he did not seem in need of a career move. He was already riding high on the international success of his screenplay, My Beautiful Laundrette.

Times Higher Education’s Q&A with the British novelist Hanif Kureishi

Hanif KureishiWhat advice would you give your younger self?
I’m not sure advice is any use to anybody, really. I was talking to a student this morning and I thought they had to see [the point I was making to them] themselves. I could sit there and talk until I’m blue in the face but until they see it themselves there’s no point. It’s like telling someone they’re an alcoholic. It doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference to them, but then there may be a day when they realise that this behaviour has to stop.

Hanif KureishiHanif Kureishi and Roger Michell on Le Week-End: ‘We find each other very annoying’: The Telegraph

Roger Michell and Hanif Kureishi – both British and in their late fifties, but seemingly as different as could be – have maintained a close working relationship for the past two decades. Michell, a director whosefilms include Notting Hill and Changing Lanes, and Kureishi, the novelist who also wrote the screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette, stay constantly in touch, and every so often make a film that is unmistakably their own.

Their first collaboration was in 1993, when they adapted Kureishi’s first novel for television, The Buddha of Suburbia, a semi-autobiographical account of a teenager with a British mother and a Pakistani father, growing up in south London and yearning for a life in the theatre.

Hanif KureishiCatriona Luke in The Independent, UK

Hanif Kureishi’s new novel looks like a thinly disguised account of the story of Patrick French’s biography of Vidia Naipaul.

We’ll have to wait until early next year before the exact plot line of Hanif Kureishi’s new novel The Last Word is known, but judging by Faber’s recent YouTube video promotion, I think it bears uncanny resemblance to an account of the imagined legwork behind The World is What it is – Patrick French’s 2008 biography of V S Naipaul.

1302900g  The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival,The plot for the new novel by Hanif Kureishi is startlingly similar to the real-life meetings between VS Naipaul and his biographer Patrick French, says Judith Walekala in The Telegraph.

Hanif Kureishi’s new novel bears an uncanny resemblance to the story behind Patrick French’s 2008 biography of Nobel Prize-winner VS Naipaul.

The Last Word is due for release in February 2014. In a promotional video released by publisher Faber and Faber, Kureishi gave an insight into the novel’s plotline.