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Anuradha Roy is a writer and potter based in the Indian Himalaya. She was born in Kolkata and grew up mainly in Hyderabad, India. She studied Literature at Presidency College, Kolkata and at Cambridge University, UK.
Roy has written five award-winning and widely read novels. Her first, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, was translated into sixteen languages and was voted Book of the Year in a number of places, including Washington Post, Seattle Times, and Huffington Post. It was Editor's Choice, New York Times. Sleeping on Jupiter, her third novel, won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. All the Lives We Never Lived won the 2022 Sahitya Akademi Award, one of India's highest literary honours, and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. The book won the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year. and was nominated for a number of other awards, including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
The Folded Earth, her second novel, won the Economist Crossword Prize. Her latest book, The Earthspinner, won the Sushila Devi Prize 2022, and was shortlisted for the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year and the Tagore Prize; it was longlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. French, German, and Romanian translations are due out soon.
In 2020, Anuradha was conferred the Nilimarani Sahitya Samman for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Literature. She was a Resident at the Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et des Traducteurs (the Foreign Writers and Translators House) at St-Nazaire, France, in 2022 and has been a visiting speaker at Cornell and Cordoba Universities. She has appeared at literary events all over the world, and on the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and other television and radio channels. In summer 2023 she will be a visiting writer at the Oxbelly Writer's Retreat in Messinia, Greece, and in autumn, she will be at the Hawthornden Foundation's Casa Ecco in Lake Como, Italy as a writing fellow.
Roy lives in Ranikhet, where she is a graphic designer at Permanent Black, a scholarly press she runs with her partner, Rukun Advani, and four dogs.
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