Abir Mukherjee's A Rising Man on the Jhalak Prize shortlist

The inaugural Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year shortlist was announced today and comprises fiction, non-fiction, YA, debuts and short stories. It has been described by Chair Sunny Singh as showcasing 'the variety, scope, depth, and literary excellence to be found amongst writers of colour in Britain today.'

We're delighted to share the news that Abir Mukherjee's A Rising Man (published by Harvill Secker)  has been selected for the shortlist. Abir is already the winner of the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and has been a staunch supporter of Penguin Random House's WriteNow scheme to champion more diverse voices in books. WriteNow aims to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves.

Praise for A Rising Man:

A Rising Man is an assured novel: well researched and vivid… Delivered with verve and some appealingly wry humour’ - Guardian

‘[A] splendid debut...and his hero, Captain Sam Wyndham, is a winning creation’ - The Times, Crime Book of the Month

 A Rising Man is a cracking debut novel’ - Daily Express

[A] terrific first novel...Mukherjee’s descriptions of Calcutta under the Raj are vivid, while Wyndham’s position as a newcomer with fresh eyes works brilliantly’ - The Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month

There is more from Abir here on the History of Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), the setting for A Rising Man.

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