Michael was born in Leeds in 1967, to parents who had immigrated from India to Britain. He read Philosophy and Economics at university and graduated with an MA in Continental Philosophy. He had his first psychotic breakdown in 1992, from which he made a full recovery. Michael went on to work as a researcher and radio producer at the BBC for more than a decade until a second psychotic episode from which he was diagnosed with bipolar II. Love and Other Gods is his debut.