Today:- Expansion of the Man Booker Prize ambit to include authors from all over the world has made the prestigious literary prize “much tougher and more covetable” says Anuradha Roy, the only Indian author longlisted for it
“A bigger field – virtually everyone writing in English – makes it a much tougher and more covetable prize than it was when it had only British and Commonwealth writers,” Roy told an agency in an interview.
The prize worth 50,000 pounds had in the year 2013 expanded its criteria for eligibility to allow all authors who write fiction in English to enter as long as they are published in the UK. Previously only authors from Britain, Ireland, the Commonwealth and Zimbabwe were eligible.
In the past five authors of Indian origin – V S Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai and Aravind Adiga have won the Booker.
Meanwhile in Roy’s fiction “Sleeping on Jupiter”, her third novel she details a tale of three feisty old women from Kolkata who embark on a holiday together.
The author says the longlist announcement came as a complete surprise. “I didn’t expect it at all. It was a complete surprise and it took me a long time to convince myself it had actually happened”.
Set in an imaginary pilgrimage sea town called Jurmuli, the fiction also dwells on the subject of violence and child abuse.