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Two Indian authors in Man Booker shortlist


Akanksha Banerji,CNN-IBN
Sep 10, 2008 at 01:12am IST

London: Not one but two Indian authors, Aravind Adiga and Amitav Ghosh, have made it to the shortlist for Man Booker Prize for Fiction for the year 2008 that was announced in London on Tuesday afternoon.

Man Booker Prize 2008 Judge, Hardeep Singh Kohli said, "I am very happy with the shortlisted authors. I think India is particularly represented on that list. But that's because Indians are great writers. Also great cricketers. Unfotunatly there isn't a Booker for cricket."

They are two very different Indian authors with two different books.

While veteran author Amitav Ghosh's Sea Of Poppies - the first in Ghosh's ambitious IBIS trilogy - is set in the 19th century around the pre-Opium War period, Arvind Adiga's debut novel, The White Tiger is about contemporary India.

Adiga has also made it to India's bestseller list with his book on the ugly reality of contemporary India through the eyes of a rickshaw puller's son.

But Adiga is not the only debutante on the shortlist, Australian author Steve Toltz is also in the running for the prestigious prize for his maiden novel, A Fraction of The Whole.

Meanwhile, British journalist and writer Linda Grant is the only woman who made it to the list for The Clothes On Their Backs. Irish playwright and novelist Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture and London-born Philip Hensher for The Northern Clemency, complete the shortlist for this year's booker.

Some of the big names like Salman Rushdie and the bookies favourite, Joseph O' Neill were left out. As for the winner, the name will be announced October 14 and the winning writer will be handed £50,000 in prize.

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