Neel Mukherjee was in news because his book Lives of Others was shortlisted for Costa Book Awards on 19 November 2014.
His book was shortlisted under the Novel Award category. The award will be announced on 5 January 2015 while the overall Costa Book of the Year will be announced on 27 January 2015.
The book is based upon the Naxalite movement of the 1960s and unfolds a family history.
Earlier in 2014, the same novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize but narrowly lost to Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Along with, Neel Mukherjee, 10 male and 10 female authors are selected for this year award out of total 640 entries. This year the authority received the highest number of entries ever.
Awards will be given five categories – first novel, novel, biography, poetry and children's book. Winners in the five categories will receive 5000 pounds each while the overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2014 will receive 30000 pounds.
Neel Mukherjee is a Kolkata based author. His first novel was Past Continuous published in 2008. The novel won the Vodafone-Crossword Award and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction.
When: 19 November 2014
Why: Costa Book Awards
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