Khyrunnisa A., prize-winning author of children’s fiction, loves reading, writing, arithmetic and children. She created the popular comic character Butterfingers for the children’s magazine, Tinkle and her Butterfingers stories appear in that magazine. The Butterfingers series of books, published by Penguin (Puffin), began in 2010 with Howzzat Butterfingers!, her first children’s novel. It was followed by Goal, Butterfingers! in 2012 and Clean Bowled, Butterfingers! in 2015. A book of her short stories, Lost in Ooty and Other Adventure Stories, was published by Unisun Publications in 2010.

The latest book in the Butterfingers series, Run, It’s Butterfingers Again!, a collection of short stories, was launched in May 2017 and follows another short story collection, The Misadventures of Butterfingers that came out in 2016

Her stories appear in Tinkle, Dimdima and other children’s magazines and she freelances for other publications too. Some of her stories, for children and for adults, have been published in various anthologies by Penguin(Puffin), Children’s Book Trust and Unisun Publications.

She worked as Associate Professor of English at All Saints’ College, Trivandrum, and is now a full-time writer.


  • ‘Your books are so awesome and I love your books.’

    Harshit, Silver Oaks School, Bangalore.
  • ‘ I enjoyed your novels…It was awesome….Waiting for your next butterfingers novel :)!

    Vinay Ramesh, Chennai.
  • ‘Packed with lots of fun and pranks that define childhood’.

    Sakal Times
  • ‘What great fun! It brings back long lost memories of my Prep School days’.

    Late Mansur Ali Khan (Nawab of Pataudi)
  • ‘The book (Clean Bowled, Butterfingers!) has all the elements I liked as a child. The school comes to life in a most amusing way and the incorrigible young boy in the novel adds to the charm. The book is a page turner and the sports element makes it a compelling read.’

    Shashi Tharoor
  • ‘An exuberant mix of school, cricket and fun that bowled me over and kept me laughing from beginning to end. A delightful read.’

    V. V. S. Laxman
    Former Indian Cricketer

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