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Tamil Nadu tale tickles Brit hearts

The novel, White Man Falling, written by Mike Stock is set in a small town in Tamil Nadu.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 13:34 IST

A novel written by Lancashire-based Mike Stock that is set in south India has caused a literary stir in Britain and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Goss First Novel Award.

Stock, 40, who lives in Edinburgh, was born and brought up in Adlington. He lived in India for a year while he prepared to write the novel White Man Falling, set in the sub-continent.

The book, which was published earlier this year, is described as a tale of domestic catastrophe, accidental crime-busting, deluded match-making and mystical absurdity set in a small town in Tamil Nadu.

Stock, who has previously written children's books, said: "To research the book, I spent a year living in a small village in Tamil-Nadu, the southernmost state in India and was welcomed by the people there.

"To be nominated for the award is a reward for myself and my publishers, who always take a great risk in supporting a new writer."