Hamid Ismailov is an Uzbek writer whose works are banned in Uzbekistan. He has lived in the United Kingdom since 1994. Several of his Russian-language novels have appeared in English to critical acclaim (notably The Railway, translated by Robert Chandler, and A Poet and Bin Laden and The Dead Lake, both translated by Andrew Bromfield). His short work has been published in Words Without Borders online journal. He has continued writing in exile, and worked for a while for the BBC’s Uzbek service in London.