| 1978 (age 37–38)Mumbai, India|
Writer, journalist, teacher
Trinity College, Cambridge, University of East Anglia
Desmond Elliott Prize, Betty Trask Award
Saraswati Park, Another Country, Fiction4theFuture: Free New Fiction
Anjali Joseph Wikipedia
Anjali Joseph (born 1978) is a British-Indian author, journalist, and teacher. Her first novel, Saraswati Park (2010), was a critical success and earned her several awards, including the Betty Trask Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second novel, Another Country, was released in 2012. In 2010, she was listed by the The Telegraph as one of the 20 best writers under the age of 40.
Anjali Joseph was born in Mumbai in the year 1978. Her father, a research scientist, is a Malayali and her mother is Bengali-Gujrati. At the age of seven, her family relocated to England.
Joseph studied English at the Trinity College, Cambridge after which she dabbled in various professions. She taught French and English in London and Paris, respectively, after which she worked as a journalist with The Times of India in Mumbai. She subsequently trained to be a chartered accountant, but was disappointed with the career. She then completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, after which she published her first novel Saraswati Park in 2010.
Saraswati Park told the story of Mohan Karekar, a pensive letter-writer, whose monotonous life undergoes several changes after his gay 19-year-old nephew moves in with him. The book was a critical success; Sameer Rahim of The Telegraph wrote in his review that Joseph's writing was "well crafted and the images, when they succeed, feel spot-on". For her work, she was awarded the Betty Trask Prize in 2011. The novel also won the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction. It was shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize in 2010.
Joseph's second book, Another Country, released in 2012. The novel tells the story of Leela Ghosh, a middle-class Bengali girl dealing with friendship, love and betrayal as she travels through Paris, London and Mumbai. Reviewing the book for The Guardian, Joanna Kavenna wrote that the book was "readable and entertaining" and particularly praised the depiction of Indian urban middle-class youth. The novel was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize.