Manu Joseph

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Manu Joseph
EducationLoyola College, Chennai
OccupationJournalist and Author

Manu Joseph (born 22 July 1974)[1][2] is an Indian journalist and writer. He is the former editor of Open magazine.

Life and career[edit]

Joseph was born in Kottayam, Kerala, and grew up in Chennai. He is a graduate of Loyola College, Chennai, and dropped out of Madras Christian College to become a staff writer at Society magazine.[2] He is a former editor of OPEN magazine, and a columnist for The International New York Times and The Hindustan Times. In 2007, he was a Chevening Scholar.[3] He currently lives in Delhi.[2] His debut novel Serious Men (2010) won The Hindu Literary Prize and the PEN/Open Book Award. The PEN jury described him as "...that rare bird who can wildly entertain the reader as forcefully as he moves them." Serious Man was first adapted to stage in 2013 by Nikhila Kesavan of The Madras Players.

His second novel, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, was published in September 2012.[4] The semi-autobiographical[5] novel was described by The Wall Street Journal as a work that "injects dark, rueful laughter into an immensely touching story of loss". He also wrote the screenplay of Love Khichdi (2009).[6]

On January 2014, Joseph resigned as editor of Open magazine.[7]

Awards and honours[edit]


  • Serious Men. Harper Collins India, 2010. ISBN 8172238525.
  • The Illicit Happiness of Other People. Fourth Estate, 2012. ISBN 9350293641.
  • Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous, 2017. ISBN 9352770447.


  1. ^ Manu Joseph at Goodreads.
  2. ^ a b c "About the Author". Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Slimme mannen – Manu Joseph". literairnederland. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  4. ^ "The Illicit Happiness of Other People (extracts)". The Hindu Prize. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Waking the dead". HT Review. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Extraordinary Minds, Ordinary Fathers". The New Indian Express. 8 July 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Manu Joseph resigns". Firstpost. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  8. ^ Benedicte Page. "Manu Joseph's controversial tale of caste wins Indian literary prize", The Guardian, 2 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Journalist's debut novel 'Serious Men' wins award" (3 November 2010). Mail Today (New Delhi). Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Manu Joseph Serious Men, 2010 Shortlist". The Man Asian Literary Prize. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  11. ^ Maev Kennedy (12 April 2011). "Sam Leith and India Knight in running for Wodehouse book prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Jacket Copy: PEN American Center's 2011 award winners". LA Times. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  13. ^ Staff writer (9 November 2013). "The Hindu Prize 2013 Shortlist". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 November 2013.

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