Christopher Ondaatje was born in Ceylon, educated in England, and emigrated to Canada in 1956. He has worked at several magazines and newspapers and in 1967 founded Pagurian Press, which eventually became the enormously successful Pagurian Corporation. In 1988 he sold all his business interests and returned to the literary world.
He is the author of eleven books, including the best-selling Burton biographies Sindh Revisited and Journey to the Source of the Nile; and more recently Hemingway in Africa, Woolf in Ceylon and The Last Colonial. His latest book Love Duet and Other Curious Stories About Music is released in October.
He was a member of Canada's 1964 Olympic Bob-Sled Team, is a fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature. He lives in London, England and was knighted by the Queen in 2003.