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. It has been adapted by Sudhir Mishra as a feature film.

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 for the film Love Khichdi (2009).[6]

In 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, Myriad Editions, 2017. ISBN 9352770447.


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  2. ^ a b c "About the Author". Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. 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. Archived from the original on 5 November 2011. 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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