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First-time novelist wins the Booker prize

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At the age of 33, Indian author Aravind Adiga has become the third debut novelist to win one of the world's most prestigious literary awards. Last night in London, the 40th Booker Prize was awarded to Adiga for his novel "The White Tiger."

The novel, which was described by the Booker judges as "compelling, angry and darkly humorous," tells the story of an Indian servant who kills his kindly employer as part of his journey from village life to entrepreneurial success.

Adiga was born in Madras and lives today in Mumbai, but he spent his high school years in Australia and studied at Columbia and Oxford universities. He is also a former correspondent for Time magazine in India. Adiga has told the press that he credits the success of "The White Tiger" in part to his years spent living in both Sydney, Australia, and New York.


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