Arundhati Roy’s new book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness was described as a “scarring novel of India’s modern history” by The New Yorker. Photo: Mayank Austen Soofi

Arundhati Roy’s new book – her first novel since Booker Prize win 20 years ago – has critics divided

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is clearly influenced by the wrath Roy has earned from the Indian establishment over years of campaigning on the country’s problems, but will it be as successful as her previous title?

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Arundhati Roy’s new book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness was described as a “scarring novel of India’s modern history” by The New Yorker. Photo: Mayank Austen Soofi
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