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J G Farrell

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J. G. Farrell was born with a caul, long considered a sign of good fortune. Academically and athletically gifted, Farrell grew up in England and Ireland. In 1956, during his first term at Oxford, he suffered what seemed a minor injury on the rugby pitch. Within days, however, he was diagnosed with polio, which nearly killed him and left him permanently weakened.
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel winner (1973) : The Siege of Krishnapur