Preti Taneja was born and grew up in the UK. She co founded Visual Verse, the online anthology of art and words, and ERA Films, reporting on minority rights and human rights issues around the world. She now teaches writing in prisons and in universities.
Preti's debut novel WE THAT ARE YOUNG (Galley Beggar Press) has been translated into multiple languages and is published in India by Penguin Random House and in North America by AA Knopf. WE THAT ARE YOUNG was a book of the year in the Guardian, The Sunday Times and the Spectator, and a top 10 literary fiction pick of 2018 in the USA’s Library Journal. It was listed for several international awards including the Folio Prize, the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses, the Jhalak Prize and Europe’s premier prize for a work of world literature, the Prix Jan Michalski. It won the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize for the best debut of the year.
In May 2019 Preti was the invited UNESCO Fellow in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, and a judge for the inaugural Orwell Prize in Political Fiction.