Santanu Bhattacharya grew up in India and studied at Oxford University and the National University of Singapore.
He started his writing life with short stories, blog posts and travel journals. In 2012, he won the Chapter One Promotions Short Story Prize. In 2021, he won the London Writers Award and was selected for the Tin House Writers’ Workshop. His work-in-progress novel was longlisted for the Pontas/JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize and Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award. His short memoir piece won the Life Writing Prize. His non-fiction essays have appeared in The Oxford Student, Feminism in India, and the book Revealing Indian Philanthropy.
Santanu has worked with the United Nations, the British Civil Service and Teach For India.
After having lived in eight cities across three countries, Santanu now lives in North London.