A State of Freedom is the third novel by UEA alumnus Neel Mukherjee and is published by Chatto & Windus this week. Neel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and 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. His second novel The Lives of Others was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, the Costa Novel Award and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. It was the winner of the 2015 Encore Award.