Se­lec­tion Day by Aravind Adiga (Pi­cador, £8.99)

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In his lat­est novel, Book­er­win­ning au­thor Adiga uses cricket as the lens through which to study con­tem­po­rary In­dia, as an im­pov­er­ished chut­neyven­dor in Mum­bai raises his two sons, Radha and Manju, to be the best and se­cond-best crick­eters in the world. Or so he hopes. Sur­pris­ingly, Manju eclipses his brother, even though he’s more in­ter­ested in watch­ing CSI than play­ing cricket, but both boys at­tract the at­ten­tion of le­gendary scout Tommy Sir, which brings se­ri­ous money into the equa­tion. It’s an en­gross­ingly told story, in which Manju is tempted by his rich, Mus­lim and gay friend Javed to fol­low his heart and leave cricket be­hind. As al­ways, the eco­nomic re­al­i­ties of In­dia are up­per­most in Adiga’s mind. He takes the op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine how cor­rup­tion and the il­lu­sion of so­cial mo­bil­ity have in­fected the coun­try’s in­sti­tu­tions in this in­tel­li­gent and scep­ti­cal cri­tique, also draw­ing a par­al­lel be­tween cricket and In­dia’s laws on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity as re­dun­dant relics of colo­nial times.

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