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Guardian Live presents:

An evening with Arundhati Roy

Union Chapel, London, United Kingdom

Monday 5 June  6:30 PM   Room: Chapel
£18 adv + bf   Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult

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Doors, Bar and Margins Cafe serving hot homemade food open at 18:30
Starts 19:30
Estimated finish 21:00
Union Chapel Bar open after the show.

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Two decades after her debut, Arundhati Roy returns this year with her long-awaited second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

In a city cemetery, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears suddenly, in a crib of litter. In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral. A lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. And in the Jannat Guest House, two people who’ve known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around one another as though they have only just met. Through a rich cast of characters, the novel tells a story spanning many years and an entire subcontinent.

Twenty years ago, Roy took the literary world by storm with her debut novel, The God of Small Things, the story of twins Rahel and Estha growing up in the politically turbulent state of Kerala in the 1960s. This tale of a family tragedy set against a background of social taboos, local politics and historical change received widespread critical acclaim and won the Booker prize in 1997.

Since her first novel, Roy has published five books of non-fiction, including Broken Republic and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and covering India’s 1998 nuclear tests, the rise of Hindu Nationalism, the armed Maoist insurrection in central India, the struggle for self-determination in Kashmir and US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. She has been jailed in the past for her views and is even now facing criminal trial for contempt of court for an essay she wrote about an incarcerated college lecturer.

Tickets are £18, or £30 including a signed copy of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - available via The Guardian Live

There will be no book signing after the talk, but signed copies of the novel will also be available to buy on the night.