Second Fiction Work from the Author in 2017
Arundhati Roy is best known for the Booker Prize (1997) winner The God of Small Things. The author has published a wide range of nonfiction works covering topics such as the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a condemnation of India’s nuclear tests, but the author only has one novel to her name. Now that is set to change as it’s confirmed the author will publish The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, via Penguin in 2017!
Twenty years is quite a long time, and lovers of The God of Small Things will be hoping this lives up to the two-decade wait. Her literary agent David Godwin is quoted as saying “Only Arundhati could have written this novel” and that it’s “Utterly original. It has been 20 years in the making. And well worth the wait.”.
In 2011 Roy said in an interview that her friend John Berger, fellow Booker winner has been urging her to continue writing her second novel but she had been distracted by various nonfiction investigations. Now she has finally finished her second novel and it is due for publishing next year.
Although pre-orders are yet to open, we’ll bring you news as soon as they do, and if you haven’t yet read the critically acclaimed The God of Small Things, then now is the time to do it before the next novel releases next year. The novels aren’t connected so they don’t have to be read in order, but it might be time to see what all the fuss is about!