Novels by UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee and UEA Professor of Contemporary Literature Amit Chaudhuri have been included on the longlist of eleven titles selected for the $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Neel (pictured) is nominated for his second novel, The Lives of Others, which was published by Chatto & Windus last year and shortlisted for both the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Novel Award. It was the winner earlier this year of the Encore Award. A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001, Neel published his first novel, A Life Apart, in 2010. Initially published in India as Past Continuous, this was the co-winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award in 2009 and the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award in 2010, and was itself shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Amit Chaudhuri is nominated for Odysseus Abroad, which was published by Oneworld earlier this year. The author of five other highly acclaimed novels, including A Strange and Sublime Address and The Immortals, Amit is also a poet, a musician, and a highly regarded critic. His previous book, the memoir Calcutta, was published in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2012 won India’s Infosys Prize for outstanding contribution to the Humanities in Literary Studies. He is the Director of the UEA Creative Writing India Workshop. The shortlist for the DSC Prize will be announced on 26th November at the LSE in London and the winner announced at the Galle Literary Festival in January 2016.