Michael Golding’s first novel, Simple Prayers, was published in 1994. It has been translated into nine foreign languages and a film adaptation is in development. Benjamin’s Gift, his second novel, was published in 2000. Golding’s translation of Alessandro Baricco’s stage play Novecento opened the 2002 Edinburgh Festival and his screenplay adaptation of the best-selling novel Silk was released in 2007. Directed by Francois Girard and starring Keira Knightley and Alfred Molina, it was a featured selection at the Toronto Film Festival. A Poet of the Invisible World (Picador) is a spiritual tale of a boy born in thirteenth-century Persia born with four ears, and his painful journey to transcendence.