Penguin author Kiran Desai wins Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Penguin author Kiran Desai wins Man Booker Prize for Fiction

The Inheritance of LossKiran Desai has won the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Inheritance of Loss, published by Hamish Hamilton, a Penguin imprint.

Author of the 1998 universally praised Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, Desai is the first woman to win the Man Booker since 2000 when Margaret Atwood scooped the prize with The Blind Assassin. Her winning book, The Inheritance of Loss, is a radiant, funny and moving family saga and has been described by reviewers as 'the best, sweetest, most delightful novel'.

Chair of the judges, Hermione Lee, comments, "We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Man Booker Prize for 2006 is Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss, a magnificent novel of humane breadth and wisdom, comic tenderness and powerful political acuteness. The winner was chosen, after a long, passionate and generous debate, from a shortlist of five other strong and original voices."

'Kiran Desai is a terrific writer. This book richly fulfils the promise of her first.' - Salman Rushdie

In the north-eastern Himalayas, at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga, in an isolated and crumbling house, there lives an embittered old judge, who wants nothing more than to retire in peace. But with the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and the son of his chatty cook trying to stay a step ahead of US immigration services, this is far from easy.

When a Nepalese insurgency threatens the blossoming romance between Sai and her handsome tutor, they, too, are forced to consider their colliding interests. The judge must revisit his past, his own journey and his role in this grasping world of conflicting desires - every moment holding out the possibility for hope or betrayal.

Kiran Desai was born in India on 3rd September 1971 and is currently a student at Columbia University's Creative Writing Course. Her first novel Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard received accolades from many notable figures and an excerpt was featured in the New Yorker India Fiction issue, and in Mirrorwork, Salman Rushdie's controversial anthology of 50 years of Indian writing. It went on to win the Betty Trask Award.

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