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Debut Novelist wins Man Booker Prize!

A debut novelist has won the Man Booker Prize for 2008 - the fourth time this has happened in the forty year history of the award.  Thirty-three year old Aravind Adiga was named the winner for his novel The White Tiger,    which was published by Atlantic Press He is the second debut novelist from India to win the coveted prize.  The winning novel is described as "a compelling, angry, and darkly humorous novel about a man's journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success", according to the Man Booker Web site.  The other shortlisted titles are great reads, too:  The Secret Scripture / by Sebastian Barry; Sea of Poppies / by Amitav Ghosh; The Clothes on Their Backs / by Linda Grant; The Northern Clemency / by Philip Hensher; A Fraction of the Whole /  by Steve Toltz.