A chat with Chandrahas Choudhury, whose Arzee the Dwarf has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book
“All the happiness I had to get from the book I got from writing it,” he says. Arzee the Dwarf, published by HarperCollins, has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Best First Book category, along with The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry (Britain), Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Parkes (Britain), An Equal Stillness by Fransesca Kay (Britain), and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Meeuneddin (Pakistan) and Among Thieves by Mez Packer (Britain).
Past awardees include Vikram Chandra for Red Earth Pouring Rain (1996), Zadie Smith for White Teeth (2001), and Mark Haddon for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (2004), to name a few.
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