Why Our Staff Love The Ministry of Utmost Happiness:
A full ten years after her Man Booker Prize-winning debut, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy has returned to the novel with a work that is sure to match the resounding international success of its predecessor.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness tells a bold and vibrant story of life lived on the borders of our world, and this hugely complex narrative booms with the Indian author's anger and passion, as provoking as it is romantic. The world she has created out of these fractured lives is truly astounding. This is a book that celebrates love where there is violence, colour where there is dust, life where there is death - it is exhausting, moving and truly unique.
In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears quite suddenly, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral. And in the Jannat Guest House, two people who've known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around one another as though they have only just met.