Neel Mukherjee

Novelist, curious, thinks about form more than he's given credit for

Born in Calcutta, India. Based in London, England, UK

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Neel Mukherjee was born in Calcutta.

His first novel, A Life Apart (2010; first published as Past Continuous in India in 2008), won the Vodafone-Crossword Award for best novel in India, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for best novel, and was shortlisted for the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

His second novel, The Lives of Others (2014), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Costa Novel Award, the DSC Prize, and won the Encore Award for best second novel.

His third novel, A State of Freedom, is out in June 2017.

He divides his time between London and the USA.

Neel explains why he has decided to subvert that cliche of modern literature, the Indian family saga, in this Guardian interview.

In a fascinating Vintage Books podcast, award-winning author Neel Mukherjee reads from his latest novel, The Lives Of Others, and talks about what inspired him to write it. 

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