Arundhati Roy

(1961 on) – Author and Activist

Born and raised in India, writer Arundhati Roy is best known for her novel The God of Small Things which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997. Roy not only writes extremely successful fiction and non-fiction, but she is also a political activist who is involved in fighting for justice in human rights and environmental causes. She has written political essays, speaks at rallies and marches, and is an inspirational advocate for the most vulnerable in society. 

‘There’s really no such thing as the “voiceless”. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.’

Lucy Hannah

Her novels, The God of Small Things and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness bring together a sweeping yet intimate look at the past, present and future through the eyes of characters with seemingly little agency, but acute observation of the world around them. Her activism in relation to the frightening political developments in India and the rapid decline of the environment as expressed through her articles, her novels and talks are always informative and inspirational. 

Dominique Le Gendre

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