Indian-origin British author Sunjeev Sahota is among six writers shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for 2015.
Sahota has won glowing reviews for his novel “The Year of the Runaways” which centres on the lives of three Indian men – one a Dalit – and a woman, all migrants from India.
His name also figured in Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013 for the book.
Other Shortlisted authors
– Hanya Yanagihara (U.S.) for A Little Life
– Anne Tyler (U.S.) for A Spool of Blue Thread
– Tom McCarthy(US) for his book Satin Island
– Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) for The Fishermen
– Marlon James (Jamaica) for A Brief History of Seven Killings
About Man Booker Prize
– It was first awarded in 1969.
– The prize money awarded is 50,000 pounds.
– It is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK.
– Till 2014, the Booker Prize was open to authors only from the U.K. and Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.
About Sunjeev Sahota
– 34-year-old Sahota was born in 1981 in Derbyshire.
– His debut novel, Ours are the Streets, was published in 2011 which is about the journey of a young British Pakistani from ordinary teenager to terrorist, and was written after the July 7, 2005 bombings on the London underground.