The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the latest fiction book authored by Arundhati Roy has been shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. This is the second fiction after a gap of long 19 years by the author. The very first book God of Small Things had won the Booker Prize in 1997.
Though, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has received good critiques and applause but still a long way to go to reach the topmost level for the coveted prize. The judges in the selection panel praised the book as a rich and vital book with a remarkable scale and extraordinary style and intelligence.
Arundhati Roy is joined by previously shortlisted writers, such as Ali Smith with his books, Hotel World, The Accidental and How to be Both; Zadie Smith (On Beauty); Sebastian Barry (A Long Long Way Down, The Secret Scripture) and Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist).
Arundhati Roy has written fiction as well as nonfiction works, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers, Broken Republic, etc.