Anuradha Roy: Biography

Anuradha Roy

Anuradha Roy is an award-winning novelist from India and she is the only Indian among the 13 novelist long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Born in 1967 in Calcutta, Anuradha got interested in writing right from her childhood and some of her works were published in Indian newspapers when she was 14 years old. Anuradha is also a big fan of crime fiction; ‘The Sound of the Mountain’ by Yasunari Kawabata is one of her favourite book.

Anuradha Roy did her English Literature at Presidency College and at the University of Cambridge. Most of her essays and reviews have not only been published in Indian newspapers but also in U.S and Britain. Anuradha got fame from her very first novel, ‘An Atlas of Impossible Longing’. World Literature Today named the novel as one of the 60 Essential English Language Works of Modern Indian Literature.

Also the novel, ‘An Atlas of Impossible Longing’ was translated into fifteen languages all across the world. All novels authored by Anuradha have received praise and recognition world-wide. ‘The Folded Earth’ her second novel won the Economist Crossword Prize.

Following the path of success, Anuradha’s third novel, ‘Sleeping with Jupiter’ also won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Not only her novels fetched her awards but also one of her essay named, ‘Cooking Women’ won her the Picador-Outlook Non-Fiction Prize in 2004.

Other than an author, Anuradha Roy is also the co-founder of a press in Delhi named Permanent Black, which she runs along with her husband Rukun Advani. Anuradha, who lives in India, likes to spend her leisure time doing pottery and painting.