UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee has been shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which is worth £50,000 to the winner. Neel is nominated for his second novel, ‘The Lives of Others’, which was recently published by Chatto & Windus. He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel, ‘A Life Apart’ (initially published in India as ‘Past Continuous’) in 2010. This was the co-winner of the Vodafone-Crossword award and the winner of the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award, and was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Also shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize is Ali Smith, the 2013 UNESCO City Literature Visiting Professor at UEA, for her novel, ‘How To Be Both’. The winner of the prize will be announced on 14th October.