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Arundhati Roy’s triumphant return to fiction

Her first novel since The God of Small Things is both mischievous and outraged

By Gillian Beer   June 2017

Grace and savage indignation: Arundhati Roy ©Rajat Gupta/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton, £18.99) 

Twenty years ago Arundhati Roy produced a first novel, The God of Small Things, in which caste and place controlled a tightly-woven and tragic love story whose cadences drew on south Indian speech. That won the Booker Prize and became a great bestseller, selling six million copies worldwide. Since then Roy has been engaged in political activism in her native country, always a thorn in the side of the Indian…

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