Anjali Joseph wins Desmond Elliot Prize
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Anjali Joseph wins Desmond Elliot Prize

Mumbai-based Anjali Joseph has won this year's Desmond Elliot Prize for her first novel Saraswati Park. The award carries a cash prize of 10,000 pounds.

books Updated: Jun 24, 2011 08:19 IST

An Indian-born novelist has won the Desmond Elliot Prize for her debut work Saraswati Park.

Anjali Joseph, a Mumbaikar by birth, has depicted in her novel the suburbs of the city and narrated the life of a married couple and their teenage nephew who comes to live with them.

The novel has fetched the former student of Trinity College a 10,000-pound prize.

Chair of panel judges Edward Stourton said that all of them found Joseph’s book to be ‘absorbing and faultlessly written’.

“We were united in our admiration for Saraswati Park, which we found utterly absorbing and faultlessly written,” said BBC Radio 4’s presenter Stourton.

“The characters are beautifully rendered, and their lives, with their ambitions and regrets, stay with you long after you have closed the last page. Anjali Joseph’s skills as a novelist are humbling,” he added.

Joseph, who was a former commissioning editor of ELLE (India), received positive reviews from critics, with The Daily Telegraph selecting her as one of its top 20 novelists under 40.

The prize was established in honour of publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, who died in 2003.

First Published: Jun 24, 2011 08:19 IST