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Neel Mukherjee’s ‘The Lives of Others’ wins Encore Award

In the UK, British-Indian writer Neel Mukherjee has won the 2014 Encore Award for his novel The Lives of Others (Vintage). Mukherjee’s novel, which was also shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Novel Award, was chosen from a shortlist of six. Chair of judges Alex Clark said the judging panel was ‘convinced of the book’s immense qualities and its ability to inform and provoke at the same time as it entertains’. Mukherjee described the Encore Award as ‘a burst of light in what is usually considered to be dark, damp, bleak territory—the dreaded second novel’. The £10,000 (A$19,615) prize is awarded annually to an ‘outstanding second novel’ published in the UK by a UK or Commonwealth writer in the preceding year. Mukherjee’s first novel, A Life Apart (Constable & Robinson), was published in 2010. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Australian author Evie Wyld won the 2013 award for her novel All The Birds, Singing (Vintage).


Category: International news