The Lives of Others, the second novel by UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee, has been shortlisted for the $50,000 (£33,000) DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Published by Chatto & Windus last year, The Lives of Others was shortlisted for both the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the Costa Novel Award and 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. The winner of the 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature will be announced on at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka on 16th January.