The Hindu Best Fiction Award 2010 goes to Manu Joseph
2nd November 2010
Debut novelist Manu Joseph has won the Hindu newspaper's Best Fiction Award 2010 for Serious Men.
The author, who is the deputy editor of Open magazine, was presented with a prize of Rs 5 lakh (GBP 7,000) and a commemorative plaque by writer and historian Nayantara Sahgal.
Shashi Deshpande, a member of the judging panel, revealed that the decision to award the honour to Joseph was unanimous and said his novel is a 'wonderful read' that uses a style where everything is 'subordinated to the telling of the story'.
However, Joseph used his acceptance speech to praise the quality of the other nominees, commenting that 'an award is only as good as its shortlist'.
Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph, Tishani Doshi's The Pleasure Seekers, Come, Before Evening Falls by Manjul Bajaj and Daisy Hasan's The To-let House, which was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008, were among the 11 titles shortlisted for the prize.