British NRI Sunjeev Sahota is one of six writers shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for 2015. The six names were announced by the chair of judges, Michael Wood, at a press conference in London.
Sahota’s book ‘The Year of the Runaways’ is about 13 young men living in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India, and in desperate search of a new life.
Sahota, 34, was born in Derbyshire. His debut novel ‘Ours are the Streets’ was called nothing short of extraordinary. He currently lives in Sheffield.
Two authors are from the UK, two from the US and one each from Jamaica and Nigeria. This is the second year the award has been open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.
Besides Sahota the other nominees are Marlon James (Jamaica), Tom McCarthy (UK), Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), Anne Tyler (US), and Hanya Yanagihara (US).