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Fiction in brief: Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

"Selection Day is a more interesting and less comfortable construction than that summary would suggest."

By Peter Robins   January 2017

selection-day-9781509806232Selection Day by Aravind Adiga (Picador, £16.99)

The selection day in Booker-winner Aravind Adiga’s title is for Mumbai under-19 cricketers. It’s a day when promising young men discover whether the most extravagant form of that promise—ascent from obscurity, perhaps desperate obscurity, to being a celebrity adored by billions and the wealth that comes with it—has any chance of coming good.

Adiga follows two such young men from the slummy suburb of Dahisar. Mohan Kumar, breeder of champions and seller of chutneys, places most hope in his older son, Radha, whose looks are as…

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