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Arundhati Roy Announces New Novel After Twenty Years

Twenty years have passed since Arundhati Roy’s masterful, Booker-winning debut  The God of Small Things found its way into the light: for many, it was perhaps the perfect novel; searching, wise, universal, a kaleidoscope of unforgettable incident that defined what literary fiction could do. For far too long, this wonderful book remained Roy’s only novel, her writing subsequently focusing on her real-world commitment as a courageous and committed political activist.

Now, almost unbelievably, that twenty-year wait is over and as Roy's novel again takes its place in the Man Booker Prize 2017 longlist. Simon Prosser, Hamish Hamilton's Publishing Director, describes the extraordinary moment he received the manuscript for Arundhati Roy’s new novel,  The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

Five books to fill the time between now and The Mountain Shadow

It’s not long until The Mountain Shadow, the sequel to Shantaram, is published. You’ve been waiting ten years since the first book’s publication, what’s another six months? It’s nothing. You can wait six months standing on your head although, for medical reasons, we don’t recommend that you do. It could cause all sorts of trouble, your body hasn’t evolved to survive upside-down for prolonged periods.

"Seven is the new six." Francis Plug on crashing the Man Booker Shortlist

Francis Plug's book, How to be a Public Author, didn't officially make this year's Man Booker shortlist, but that wasn't going to stop him attending last night's event at the Southend Centre. Or was it the South Bank Centre?