Manu Joseph

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

Biography: 'A searing new voice.' -- Megan O'Grady, Vogue

Manu Joseph is a columnist with The International Herald Tribune, the global edition of The New York Times. His debut novel SERIOUS MEN was published in many countries and won the PEN/Open Book award and The Hindu Best Fiction Award. It was also shortlisted for The Man Asian Literary Prize, the regional Commonwealth Prize and the PG Wodehouse Prize for the Best Comic Novel.

 

 MISS LAILA, ARMED AND DANGEROUS  Literary, 208 pages Myriad, May 2018  On the day that Hindu nationalists and their controversial leader have won a spectacular election victory, a large apartment building collapses in Mumbai. The rescue operation finds only one survivor, a man trapped under a beam, mumbling in delirium. But what he is saying is that two people are on their way to carry out a terror attack. Not only must they get him out, the police must find out what he knows, and act quickly.   A young woman, Akhila Iyer, a medical student but also a notorious prankster, has rushed to the scene. She is small and light enough to crawl along to the tunnel to the dying man to administer painkillers as they try to dig him out of the rubble. Akhila is the only link between him and the police, hearing what he is whispering.   Elsewhere, a young intelligence agent, Mukundan, is assigned to shadow the two terror suspects, one of whom is a teenager and the sweetheart of her street, the enigmatic Laila. And so the chase is on … 

MISS LAILA, ARMED AND DANGEROUS

Literary, 208 pages
Myriad, May 2018

On the day that Hindu nationalists and their controversial leader have won a spectacular election victory, a large apartment building collapses in Mumbai. The rescue operation finds only one survivor, a man trapped under a beam, mumbling in delirium. But what he is saying is that two people are on their way to carry out a terror attack. Not only must they get him out, the police must find out what he knows, and act quickly. 

A young woman, Akhila Iyer, a medical student but also a notorious prankster, has rushed to the scene. She is small and light enough to crawl along to the tunnel to the dying man to administer painkillers as they try to dig him out of the rubble. Akhila is the only link between him and the police, hearing what he is whispering. 

Elsewhere, a young intelligence agent, Mukundan, is assigned to shadow the two terror suspects, one of whom is a teenager and the sweetheart of her street, the enigmatic Laila. And so the chase is on … 

 THE ILLICIT HAPPINESS OF OTHER PEOPLE  Literary fiction, 343 pages John Murray - August 2012  Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 Shortlisted for the Hindu Prize 2013 Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize for Literature 2014  A powerful and darkly comic story involving an alcoholic's probe into the minds of the sober, an adolescent cartoonist's dangerous interpretation of absolute truth, an inner circle of talented schizophrenics and the pure love of a 12-year-old boy for a beautiful girl.

THE ILLICIT HAPPINESS OF OTHER PEOPLE

Literary fiction, 343 pages John Murray - August 2012

Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013
Shortlisted for the Hindu Prize 2013
Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013
Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize for Literature 2014

A powerful and darkly comic story involving an alcoholic's probe into the minds of the sober, an adolescent cartoonist's dangerous interpretation of absolute truth, an inner circle of talented schizophrenics and the pure love of a 12-year-old boy for a beautiful girl.

 SERIOUS MEN  Literary fiction, 310 pages John Murray - June 10, 2010  Winner of the Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010 & PEN/Open Book Award; Listed as one of Huffington Post's Best Books 2010; A New York Times 'Editor's Choice'; Chosen by The Telegraph as one of their 2010 'First Novels to Savour'; Listed in the Independent's Pick of 2010: The Best Books for Christmas; Chosen as one of Huffington Post's Best Books 2010; Shortlisted for the ALOA Award, Denmark  Poignant and comic tale of science, dreams and hope, and two very different serious men in Mumbai.

SERIOUS MEN

Literary fiction, 310 pages
John Murray - June 10, 2010

Winner of the Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010 & PEN/Open Book Award; Listed as one of Huffington Post's Best Books 2010; A New York Times 'Editor's Choice'; Chosen by The Telegraph as one of their 2010 'First Novels to Savour'; Listed in the Independent's Pick of 2010: The Best Books for Christmas; Chosen as one of Huffington Post's Best Books 2010; Shortlisted for the ALOA Award, Denmark

Poignant and comic tale of science, dreams and hope, and two very different serious men in Mumbai.