Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi at a high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Ministry relocated the Hosseini’s to Paris. They were supposed to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then Kabul had witnessed a communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army. The Hosseini’s were granted political asylum in the US, and in 1980 moved to California. Hosseini graduated from high school in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a degree in biology in 1988. The following year he attended the University of California, School of Medicine, where he earned a medical degree in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles and was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004.
In March 2001, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, which was published in 2003. Today, Khaled Hosseini is one of the most recognized and bestselling authors in the world. His books, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed, have been published in over seventy countries and sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Our students can get his first book out of the Learning Resource Centre to read for themselves as this is part of our Loxford Express reading scheme.