Vikas Swarup wins Boeke Prize 2006

Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup has won the Boeke Prize 2006, a tongue-in-cheek take on the Booker Prize, for his debut novel Q&A, a poignant story of how a penniless waiter from Mumbai becomes the biggest quiz-show winner in history.

Swarup, India's Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa, beat competition from seven other short-listed authors, The award was chosen by 41 book critics representing the media across South Africa.

Born in Allahabad, Swarup attended Allahabad University, where he made his mark as a champion debater. After graduating, he joined the Indian Foreign Service and has served in Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia and Great Britain. He is writing a second novel.

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