Picador, 352 pages, €16.99 Manju grows up in the slums of Mumbai and dreams of being a cricket player, but in his heart he knows he’s not as gifted as his older brother, Radha. That doesn’t stop his cricket-mad father from pushing him hard.
But Manju’s life changes when he comes in contact with Radha’s fierce rival. This boy is wealthy and privileged — a polar opposite — and as their relationship grows, Manju is forced to make decisions that will change both his sense of self and the world around him.
Considered one of the finest Indian writers of his generation, Adiga won the 2008 Booker prize for his debut, The White Tiger.