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Anuradha Roy - Longlist author interview

Anuradha Roy - Longlist author interview

In the latest in our series of interviews with Man Booker Prize 2015 longlisted authors, we speak to Anuradha Roy author of Sleeping on Jupiter.

What has it been like to be longlisted?

I’m used to living under a rock in a corner of the Himalayas and being confused with Arundhati Roy. It feels as if this is happening to someone else.

What are you working on next?

I’m making pots -- a friend and I are working towards a full kiln in November. And am dreaming up a book, but it’s still at the scribbles stage.

What are you reading at the moment?

A manuscript on the Maoist movement in India, Naseeruddin Shah’s And Then One Day, John Bradshaw’s In Defence of Dogs.

What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. I found it enthralling and as complicated as a cat’s cradle.

Sleeping on Jupiter deals in part with violence against women in India. This has been in the news a lot in recently, was your novel in part a reaction to this?

The novel began long ago, in 2008, so no, it isn’t. I started out writing a book about friendship, and the central relationship in the book was for me the one between two children in the ashram. 

Anuradha Roy