Kiran Desai

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Kiran Desai
Kiran Desai 2015.jpg
Desai at PEN Gala, 5 May 2015
Born (1971-09-03) 3 September 1971 (age 45)
New Delhi, India
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Indian
Period 1998 to present
Notable works The Inheritance of Loss Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
Notable awards Man Booker Prize

Kiran Desai (born 3 September 1971) is an Indian author. Her novel The Inheritance of Loss won the 2006 Man Booker Prize[1] and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Kiran Desai is the daughter of Anita Desai, herself short-listed for the Booker Prize on three occasions. She was born in Chandigarh on 3 September, and spent the early years of her life in Pune and Mumbai. She studied in the Cathedral and John Connon School. She left India at 14, and she and her mother then lived in England for a year, and then moved to the United States, where she studied creative writing at Bennington College, Hollins University, and Columbia University.[3]


Her first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, was published in 1998 and received accolades from such notable figures as Salman Rushdie.[4] It won the Betty Trask Award,[5] a prize given by the Society of Authors for the best new novels by citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations under the age of 35.[6]

Her second book, The Inheritance of Loss, (2006) was widely praised by critics throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. It won the 2006 Man Booker Prize, as well as the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.[2]

In August 2008, Desai was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme hosted by Michael Berkeley on BBC Radio 3.[7] In May 2007 she was the featured author at the inaugural Asia House Festival of Cold Literature.

She was awarded a 2013 Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kiran Desai". The Man Booker Prizes. The Booker Prize Foundation. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Italie, Hillel (2007-03-09). "Desai's 'Inheritance' Wins Book Critics Circle Award". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Bold Type: Interview with Kiran Desai". Random House. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Hullabaloo In The Guava Orchard". BookBrowse. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  5. ^ "Society of Authors — Prizes, Grants and Awards". Society of Authors. Archived from the original on 2007-02-11. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  6. ^ "The Betty Trask Prize and Awards". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  7. ^ BBC – Radio 3 – Private Passions

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