'The White Tiger' Wins Booker Prize
Adiga becomes the third debut novelist to win the award which is valued at a substantial £50,000.
India's Aravind Adiga has won the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel, The White Tiger.
The annual $101,400 Cdn award for the best novel in English by a writer from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth was named in London on Tuesday.
Adiga, 34, a first-time novelist based in Mumbai, studied at Columbia and Oxford and has been Indian correspondent for Time magazine.
The White Tiger is about the son of a rickshaw puller who becomes a successful entrepreneur.
Six novels, from writers in Australia, Ireland, India and the U.K., were nominated to a short list.
The other nominees were:
- The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry.
- Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh.
- The Clothes on their Backs by Linda Grant.
- The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher.
- A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz.
In addition to being a debut novelist, Adiga also joins writers such as Salman Rushdie and Kiran Desai in becoming the fifth Indian author to win the prize:
Adiga, who has wanted to be a novelist since he was a boy, was born in Madras and now lives in Mumbai. He becomes the fifth Indian author to win the prize, joining VS Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai who won the prize in 1971, 1981, 1997 and 2006 respectively. In addition, The White Tiger is the ninth winning novel to take its inspiration from India or Indian identity.