Dr. Ghayur Ayub, a surgeon by profession, comes from the mountainous Kurum Valley in Pakistan, close to Tora Bora, bordering Afghanistan. He spent his early childhood in a village near the 13,000 foot 'White Mountains' that instilled a life-long proclivity toward nature.
In 1979, after leaving the UK and returning with his Welsh wife and children to his hometown of Parachinar, he found himself at the frontline of the Afghan war, treating an unending flow of casualties. It was a combination of that experience, the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in the 1990s and the events of 9/11 in 2001 which prompted him to write Breaking Barriers a novel based on actual events.
Currently, he lives in London with his family.