Arundhati Roy's Second Novel to Be Published Next Year

Arundhati Roy is all set to release to her next book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ in June 2017, 19 years after her Booker prize-winning novel ‘The God of Small Things ‘was published.

The publisher, Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin India, said it was an honour to be associated with the book, which has been in the making for 20 years.

To publish this book is both a pleasure and an honour.

"What an incredible book it is - on multiple levels; one of the finest we have read in recent times.

"The writing is extraordinary, and so too are the characters - brought to life with such generosity and empathy, in language of the utmost freshness, joyfully reminding us that words are alive too, that they can wake us up and lend us new ways of seeing, feeling, hearing, engaging.

"It makes the novel new - in the original meaning of novel."

"I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness have found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers," the Man Booker Prize-winner said.

Roy’s literary agent David Godwin said, “Only Arundhati could have written this novel. [It’s] utterly original. It has been 20 years in the making and well worth the wait.”

-Devashree Goenka