Neel Mukherjee was born in 1970 in Kolkata and is an accomplished Indian novelist excelling in English writing. He has written three extremely well-received and acclaimed novels to his credit beginning with Past Continuous and followed it up with A Life Apart (a UK edition of Past Continuous) and recently his latest work, The Lives of Others.
Neel finished his schooling at Don Bosco School in Kolkata and studied at the Jadavpur University later. He received the prestigious Rhodes scholarship which led him to studying English at the University College, Oxford and later finished his PhD at Pembroke College Cambridge. Neel is also an MA in Creative writing from the University of East Anglia.
Neel’s initial foray in the world of fiction with Past Continuous in 2008 saw him writing an engaging tale about a young orphan’s journey to England and his travails. His debut with the pen impressed the literary world and saw him get rave reviews across the globe. His next saga, The Lives of Others has him closely examining the life of his central character, Supratik Ghosh who gets involved in a politically charged situation during late 1960’s in Calcutta (Kolkata) and emphasized his storytelling skills.
Awards and Recognition
Neel Mukherjee has been the proud recipient of multiple awards for his effort including the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2008, GQ Writer of the Year award in 2011, DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in 2011, Encore Award in 2014. His latest novel, The Lives of Others has been nominated for the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature too.
Neel has written for a veritable who’s who of International newspapers including the Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Observer, and the New York Times amongst many others. Neel Mukherjee lives in London.
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