Arundhati Roy is set to come out with her next novel in June 2017, 19 years after her Booker prize-winning novel The God of Small Things was published. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness will be published by Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin India, a statement said.
“To publish this book is both a pleasure and an honour. What an incredible book it is — on multiple levels; one of the finest we have read in recent times,” said Simon Prosser, publishing director of Hamish Hamilton & Penguin Books UK; and Meru Gokhale, from Penguin Random House India.
“I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry of Utmost Happinesshave found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers,” Arundhati Roy said.
“Only Arundhati could have written this novel. Utterly original. It has been 20 years in the making. And well worth the wait,” David Godwin, Roy’s literary agent said.
Roy’s first novel The God of Small Things was published in 1997. Set in a district in India’s Kerala, it traced the childhood experiences of fraternal twins, Estha and Rahel. The novel won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997.
She has since published works of non-fiction, including War Talk and The Algebra Of Infinite Justice.