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Folio Prize-winner Akhil Sharma: “I’ve never had an issue being truthful”

His novel Family Life is closely based on a real-life traumatic childhood experience

By Sameer Rahim  

Akhil Sharma wins the Folio Prize 2015 with Family Life (© Robin Mayes)

Last night the 2015 Folio Prize, worth £40,000, was awarded to Akhil Sharma for his second novel Family Life. It beat off both the better-known favourites, Ali Smith’s How to be Both and Colm Tóibín’s Nora Webster. And while some at the awards ceremony at the St Pancras Hotel in North London counted them unlucky, few begrudged Sharma his victory for what is…

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