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Neel Mukherjee (writer)

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Occupation  Novelist
Role  Writer
Language  English
Books  The Lives of Others
Nationality  Indian
Nominations  Man Booker Prize
Name  Neel Mukherjee

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Alma mater  Jadavpur University University College, Oxford Pembroke College, Cambridge University of East Anglia
Notable works  A Life Apart, The Lives of Others
Notable awards  Crossword Book Award (2008) Encore Award (2015)
Education  University of Cambridge, Jadavpur University
Similar People  Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Ali Smith, Howard Jacobson, Karen Joy Fowler

Neel mukherjee indian writer and author

Neel Mukherjee (born 1970) is an India-born writer who lives in London and writes in English. He is the author of several critically acclaimed novels.


His first novel, Past Continuous, won the Vodafone-Crossword Book Award in 2008 and several more awards when republished in the U.K. in 2010. His second novel, The Lives of Others was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Award.

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Mukherjee was educated at Don Bosco School, Park Circus, Kolkata. He studied English at Jadavpur University and then attended University College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he studied English and graduated in 1992. He completed his Ph.D. at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and graduated with an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2001.

He reviews fiction for a variety of publication in the U.K. and U.S., including The Times and Time Asia.

Describing the unexpected ease with which he wrote The Lives of Others, he described the process:

Writers rarely have access to that part of their heads where books originate. One can talk cogently of influences, plotting, putting a book together, structuring, editing, everything, really, but origins are a far cloudier issue, the domain of the unconscious, mostly, so not readily available for truthful discussion.... I don't know whether my book started life as the story of a joint family in Calcutta at a critical juncture in history or as a reckoning with an ultra-left movement for social justice and equality around which the domestic story was built.... [T]hat way of talking about a book as which narrative came first is always already too late because the origins lie far earlier.... [I]t was as if the book had already been there, waiting patiently to be let in; I only had to open the door.

Past Continuous or A Life Apart

Published in India in January 2008 as Past Continuous. Republished in the U.K. in January 2010 as A Life Apart

  • 2008 Vodafone Crossword Book Award, English Fiction
  • 2009 GQ (India) Writer of the Year Award
  • 2011 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature shortlist
  • Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction
  • "the saga of a lonely young gay man who flees a miserable life in Kolkata to the freedom of Britain"

    The Lives of Others

    Published in May 2014

  • 2014 Encore Award from the Royal Society of Literature for the best second novel
  • 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist
  • 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature shortlist
  • Set in Calcutta in 1967. Idealistically motivated Supratik has become associated with extremist political activism. He disappers leaving only a note. The life and fortunes of the family he has left behind take a disastrous turn, mirrored in the society around them.

    A State of Freedom

    Published in July 2017)


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