Speaking of Awards …

.. Aravind Adiga — a writer, I confess, I had not heard of until I read the news account — has won the 40th Man Booker prize for his debut novel, The White Tiger, just published in the States in paperback by Free Press. According to the New York Times, “Adiga, who lives in Mumbai, was born in India and brought up partly in Australia. He studied at Columbia and Oxford and is a former correspondent for Time magazine in India.” At 33, he is the second youngest writer to win the award after Ben Okri, who was 32 when he won the 1991 Booker for “The Famished Road.”

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