Kiran Desai: The Youngest Woman Ever to Win the Booker Prize

Kiran Desai
Kiran Desai, winner of the 2006 Booker prize. (Guardian/Eamonn McCabe)

Kiran Desai, the India-born writer who now lives in the US, was announced as the winner of the Booker prize yesterday for her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss.

Known as one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world, the Booker awards £50,000 to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. Past winners include Yann Martel, Margaret Atwood and Arundhati Roy.

35-year-old Desai moved from India to the UK when she was 14 and currently resides in the US. She was quoted in the Guardian as saying ‘I see everything through the lens of being Indian … I can’t really write without that perspective.’

Desai is the latest in a wave of South Asian authors attaining global recognition. We will explore just what it is about South Asian writing that is garnering the critic’s praise in the December issue of .

October 12, 2006
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  1. October 13, 2006, 2:26 pm Mili

    I read her first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, which was wonderful. Her writing is exquisite.

  2. October 17, 2006, 12:26 pm Hilal

    Kiran Desai’s mom (Anita) was short-listed three times for the Man Booker (!)…It’s nice that Kiran was able to win so early on in her career.