Vikas Swarup biography

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Vikas Swarup

Vikas Swarup

Vikas Swarup Biography

Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad, India in a family of lawyers.

Vikas attended Allahabad University and studied History, Psychology and Philosophy. After graduating he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986.

In his diplomatic career, Vikas has been posted to various countries such as Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Japan.

He penned his first novel, Q&A, in two months, when he was posted in London. Published in 2005 by Doubleday/Random House (UK & Commonwealth), Harper Collins (Canada) and Scribner (US) it has been published in 42 languages. It was short listed for the Best First Book by the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and won South Africa's Exclusive Books Boeke Prize 2006 as well as the Paris Book Fair's Reader's Prize, the Prix Grand Public, in 2007. It was voted the Most Influential Book of 2008 in Taiwan, and winner of the Best Travel Read (Fiction) at the Heathrow Travel Product Award 2009.

Harper Collins released the audio book version, which won the award for Best Audio Book of the Year 2005. BBC produced a radio play based on the book which won the Gold Award for Best Drama at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2008 and the IVCA Clarion Award 2008.

The film version of Q&A, titled 'Slumdog Millionaire', directed by Danny Boyle, took the world by storm, winning more than 70 awards including four Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAs and a staggering 8 Oscars.

Vikas's second novel, Six Suspects, was released in the UK & Commonwealth by Transworld in August 2008. Published by Harper Collins in Canada and St Martin's Press in the US, it has sold translation rights in 30 languages.

Vikas' third novel, "The Accidental Apprentice" was published in the UK in 2012 and USA in 2013.

Vikas contributed a short story titled 'A Great Event' to 'The Children's Hours: Stories of Childhood'.

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