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Ahmed Alaidy was born in 1974, studied marketing at Cairo University, and has worked as a scriptwriter on quiz shows and for the cinema, and as a book designer. He has written satirical stories for young people and currently writes a political comic strip for an Egyptian weekly. Alaidy has participated in international writers' programs at The University of Iowa and Hong Kong Baptist University. He has previously published a long short story; Being Abbas el Abd is his first novel.
'A cult novel based in Cairo's shopping malls described as a 'Chuck Palahniuk-inspired rollercoaster ride through the insanity of Cairo.' Ahmed Alaidy, a 36-year-old former scriptwriter is a great chronicler of the reality of day-to-day life in Egypt.' Voyager 201009