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Winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize and shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. Ayyan Mani is a man born to greater things, which wouldn't surprise his neighbours in the vast tenement building in which he lives, where to be sober and employed practically makes a man a legend. He works as an assistant at the Institute of Theory and Research, where he studies with amusement and envy the public battles and private love affairs of the squabbling scientists. But when an opportunity for betterment presents itself in the form of his 'gifted' ten-year-old son Adi, father and son embark on an outrageous ruse that will have far-reaching consequences. Manu Joseph's archly comic debut is a tale of a man's attempt to elevate himself and his family above the banality of ordinary existence.
|Publication date:||11th February 2011|
|Publisher:||John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Manu Joseph is editor of OPEN magazine. Previously he was national features editor of the largest newspaper in India, The Times of India, writer-at-large for Wired's website wired.com, and has written for the Independent. In 2007 he became a Chevening Scholar, an annual British government award for twelve journalists who will shape opinions in the future. This is his first novel.More About Manu Joseph