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“It’s easy to be seduced by a story, to be persuaded that what you are hearing is true.”- Avni Doshi

Rituparna Mahapatra in conversation with Avni Doshi talking about her journey, the writing process and the future plans.

Photo credit: Sharon Haridas

The first sentence came to me as a revelation, within it was the shape of the whole story. I wanted to begin with something powerful!

Avni Doshi, writer of Indian Origin, longlisted for Booker 2020.

Not many can claim their debut novels to make it to the list of the World’s most prestigious literary awards. Dubai based Indian novelist Avni Doshi has done that; her debut novel ‘Burnt Sugar’ has been long-listed for the 2020 Booker prize. The novel made it to the ‘Booker Dozen’ after judges assessed 162 novels, published in the UK  or Ireland between October2019 and September 2020. 

Burnt Sugar’  was earlier released in India under the title ‘Girl in White Cotton‘ to critical acclaim. The judges at the Booker panel called it an “‘utterly compelling read’ that examines a complex and unusual mother- daughter relationship with honest , unflinching realism” it is “emotionally wrenching but also cathartic, written with poignancy and memorability”. 

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Tash Aw, Jhumpa Lahiri make it to the Booker long list 2013

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker prize for fiction, announced today, has a diverse and international flavour, with authors from Malaysia, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Tash Aw with his novel The Five Star Billionaire and Jhumpa Lahiri with her yet to be published novel The Lowland have made it to the list.

Three Irish writers have been selected, including Colum McCann, Donal Ryan and Colm Tóibín, whose novels have been shortlisted twice before. The bestknown of the four British authors is Jim Crace, 67, who has announced that his shortlisted novel, Harvest, will be his last.

The longlist will be cut down to six in September and the eventual winner, announced in October, will receive £50,000.

A number of big-name authors have been overlooked, including JM Coetzee, Roddy Doyle and Margaret Atwood. Five of the longlisted books have not yet been published.