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Abraham Verghese is a physician and the author of two acclaimed books of non-fiction, The Tennis Partner and My Own Country. A Malayali, he was born and raised in Ehiopia. Dr Verghese attended Madras Christian College and later Madras Medical College, and since then has studied and worked in the USA. He is currently Professor of Internal Medicine and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. A graduate of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his essays and short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Granta. He lives in Palo Alto, California.