Man Booker Prize Winner Aravind Adiga Survived the HSC

Aravind Adiga, photo by Leon Neal, AFP/Getty Images

See, William? Those difficult, long-winded questions in the HSC English exam might actually nourish talent or passion in a writer, and s/he could go on to won one of literature’s most prestigious prizes!

For those of you who have been hiding under a rock or doona today (it’s always a good idea every now and then), you may not have seen the announcement e v e r y w h e r e of The White Tiger by sometimes-Australian, most-often-Indian author Aravind Adiga winning the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Click a letter above to get the prize goss and find out what the book’s about, or check out the WBN story.

So, have any of you read the book? I’d love to hear what you thought. I haven’t I’m afraid. But this extract from the Penguin website definitely makes me want to read on.

Adiga is the second-youngest to ever win the prize (reported as 33, and 34 on some sites), and only the third debut novelist.

And I have to say, I think he’s a bit cute 🙂

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