‘The White Tiger’ Wins Booker Prize

Indian author and journalist Aravind Adiga has won the 2008 Man Booker Prize for his first novel The White Tiger.

India’s Aravind Adiga has won the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel, The White Tiger.

The annual $101,400 Cdn award for the best novel in English by a writer from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth was named in London on Tuesday.

Adiga, 34, a first-time novelist based in Mumbai, studied at Columbia and Oxford and has been Indian correspondent for Time magazine.

The White Tiger is about the son of a rickshaw puller who becomes a successful entrepreneur.

Six novels, from writers in Australia, Ireland, India and the U.K., were nominated to a short list.

The other nominees were:

  • The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry.
  • Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh.
  • The Clothes on their Backs by Linda Grant.
  • The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher.
  • A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz.

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