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Slumdog Millionaire

by (author) Vikas Swarup

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Initial publish date
Dec 2008
Literary, Media Tie-In
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2008
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Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested—for answering twelve questions correctly on TV’s Who Will Win a Billion? Ram has never gone to school and never read a newspaper. There is no way a poor orphan from Jimmy’s Bar could know the names of the planets or the plays of Shakespeare ... unless he cheated. Rescued from his police cell by a lawyer, Ram reviews television footage of his flawless performance and takes us on an amazing tour of his life growing up in Asia’s biggest slum—from the day he is salvaged from a garbage can, to his job with a faded Bollywood star, to working as an over-creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal, to falling in love with Nita, a young prostitute. A brilliantly conceived fable with a modern sensibility, Slumdog Millionaire is a comic and charming novel that paints an enthralling portrait of humanity.

Originally published as Q&A.

About the author

Vikas Swarup  is the author of Slumdog Millionaire (previously published as Q&A and translated into 35 languages). He is a member of the Indian Foreign Service and is currently posted in Pretoria as India’s Deputy High Commissioner. Slumdog Millionaire was made into an acclaimed feature film that won 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Visit him online at

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Editorial Reviews

?Fun, intelligent and leaves you wanting more.?

(Toronto Star )

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