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Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee was born in Calcutta. His first novel, A Life Apart (2010), won the Vodafone-Crossword Award in India, the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction, and was shortlisted for the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. The Lives of Others is his second novel. He lives in London.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   A Life Apart (2008)
     aka Past Continuous
   The Lives of Others (2014)
   A State of Freedom (2017)
   Choice (2024)
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Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2014) : The Lives of Others
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : The Lives of Others

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Borne (2017)
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Scary Monsters (2022)
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Love Marriage (2022)
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