The Golden Gate is a brilliantly achieved novel written in verse. Set in the 1980s in the affluence and sunshine of California's Silicon Valley, it is an exuberant and witty story of twenty-somethings looking for love, pleasure and the meaning of life. It was awarded the 1986 British Airways Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
Vikram Seth was trained as an economist. He has lived for several years each in England, California, China and India. He is the author of From Heaven Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet, several books of poems, two novels (not in verse), A Suitable Boy and An Equal Music, and a memoir, Two Lives.