Neel Mukherjee was born in India and now lives between London and the US, where he teaches at Harvard. He is the author of several critically acclaimed novels. His first, A Life Apart, won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Fiction. The Lives of Others, an epic saga telling the story of a Bengali family in Calcutta, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Award. ‘One of Mukherjee’s great gifts,’ wrote A.S. Byatt in her Guardian review, ‘is precisely his capacity to imagine the lives of others.’
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