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

  • FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR OF THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS

    LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

    LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

    NOMINATED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION

    LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE 2018

    THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE and THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    'A sprawling kaleidoscopic fable' Guardian, Books of the Year

    'Roy's second novel proves as remarkable as her first' Financial Times

    'A great tempest of a novel... which will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion' Washington Post

    'A dazzling return to form' Independent

    'Intricately layered and passionate, a work of extraordinary intricacy and grace' Prospect

    'A masterpiece. Roy joins Dickens, Naipaul, García Márquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit. An entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epic' Booklist starred review

    '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 guest-house 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...

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