Indian Origin author Neel Mukherjee’s title ‘The Lives Of Others’ has been shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for fiction, one of the most distinguished award in the literary segment. Re-quoting from our review here – ‘Poetic and extremely graphic, Neel Mukherjee’s epic novel The Lives Of Others begins with a penurious laborer’s struggle to feed his family, who, dejected after the many refusals to sought help, kills his wife and children in an extremely violent outrage, before submitting himself to suicide. In an extremely contrast follow-up, the relatively insignificant agitations of the Ghosh family are detailed, exposing extreme polarities between rich and poor, pointing out how equality in this democracy is a farce.’


All six shortlisted authors and their titles (from the long-listed 13) –

  • Joshua Ferris (US) : To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
  • Richard Flanagan (Australia) : The Narrow Road to the Deep North
  • Karen Joy Fowler (US): We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  • Howard Jacobson (British) : J
  • Neel Mukherjee (British) : The Lives of Others
  • Ali Smith (British) : How to be Both

The names were announced by chair of judges, AC Grayling, at HQ of Man Group, the prize’s sponsor since 2002. The judges shall now re-read the shortlisted titles to further arrive at a winner, name of which shall be announced on 14th October 2014. The announcement shall be telecast on BBC, the prize’s media partner.