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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - Arundhati Roy

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - Arundhati Roy

Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Author:  Arundhati Roy

ISBN:  9780241303979

Weight:  845g

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years – the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, ‘normalcy’ is declared.

Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home.  A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter.  The enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who loved her.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration.  It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh.  Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love-and by hope.  For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender.  This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be.  And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.

The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things

Peer & Press Reviews

Ambitious, original, and haunting.  A novel [that] fuses tenderness and brutality, mythic resonance and the stuff of headlines … essential to Roy’s vision of a bewilderingly beautiful, contradictory, and broken world.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A novel that demands and rewards the reader’s concentration, this is a dazzling return to form.


Intricately layered and passionate, studded with jokes and with horrors…  This is a work of extraordinary intricacy and grace.

Prospect Magazine

An author worth waiting two decades for.

Financial Times

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Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On a signature page, tipped-in directly before the half title page.  Also printed on this page are the words ‘Exclusive Signed Edition’ as well as the book’s title and its month / year of publication.
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes: Man Booker Prize 2017 – longlist
Media adaptation: BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime programme serialised The Ministry of Utmost Happiness as fifteen 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon-Fri from 5 Jun 2017.
Book Stats
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780241303979
ISBN 10: 0241303974
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 438
Size (h x w x d): 217 x 154 x 43mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Mayank Austen Soofi
Jacket design: Two Associates
Jacket photographs: Mayank Austen Soofi

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