03 October 2016
Arundhati Roy

Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin India are proud to announce that they will publish The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy in June 2017. It is her first work of fiction since The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize nineteen years ago in 1997.

Arundhati Roy commented, "I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness have found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers."

Editors Simon Prosser (Hamish Hamitlon) & Meru Gokhale (Penguin India) said: "To publish this book is both a pleasure and an honour. What an incredible book it is—on multiple levels; one of the finest we have read in recent times.

The writing is extraordinary, and so too are the characters – brought to life with such generosity and empathy, in language of the utmost freshness, joyfully reminding us that words are alive too, that they can wake us up and lend us new ways of seeing, feeling, hearing, engaging. It makes the novel new – in the original meaning of novel."

The rights were acquired through a deal with agent, David Godwin. He added: "Only Arundhati could have written this novel. Utterly original. It has been 20 years in the making. And well worth the wait."

  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

  • LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 AND THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

    'A sprawling kaleidoscopic fable' Guardian, Book of the Year * 'A dazzling return to form' Independent

    THE SUNDAY TIMES #1 BESTSELLER FROM THE BOOKER-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS

    'An astonishing intimate epic. This is the novel one hoped Arundhati Roy would write about India' Daily Telegraph

    'At magic hour; when the sun has gone but the light has not, armies of flying foxes unhinge themselves from the Banyan trees in the old graveyard and drift across the city like smoke . . .'

    So begins The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy's incredible follow-up to The God of Small Things. We meet Anjum, who used to be Aftab, who runs a guesthouse in an Old Delhi graveyard and gathers around her the lost, the broken and the cast out. We meet Tilo, an architect, who, although she is loved by three men, lives in a 'country of her own skin'. When Tilo claims an abandoned baby as her own, her destiny and that of Anjum become entangled as a tale that sweeps across the years and a teeming continent takes flight . . .

    'Glorious, colourful and compelling. Roy's second novel proves as remarkable as her first' Financial Times

    'The book filled me with awe. Propulsive, playful, gorgeous' New York Times Book Review

    'The unmissable literary read of the summer. With its insights into human nature, its memorable characters and its luscious prose, Ministry is well worth the wait' Time

    'Staggeringly beautiful - a fierce, fabulously disobedient novel. Roy is writing at the height of her powers. Urgent, intimate ecstatic' Boston Globe

    'A searing portrait of modern India' Tatler

    'This vast novel will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion' Washington Post

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