Q & A

Q & A : Slumdog Millionaire

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The bestselling book behind the Oscar-winning film SLUMDOG MILLLIONAIRE directed by Danny Boyle Former tiffinboy Ram Mohammad Thomas has just got twelve questions correct on a TV quiz-show to win a cool one billion rupees. But he is brutally slung in prison on suspicion of cheating. Because how can a kid from the slums know who Shakespeare was, unless he is pulling a fast one. In the order of the questions on the show, Ram tells us which incredible adventures in his life on the streets gave him the answers. From orphanages to brothels, gangsters to beggar-masters, and into the homes of Bollywood's rich and famous, Ram's story is brimming with the chaotic comedy, heart-stopping tragedy and tear-inducing joyousness of modern India.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055277250X
  • 9780552772501
  • 84,420

Review quote

"This brilliant story, as colossal, vibrant and chaotic as India itself... is not to be missed" * Observer * "Poignant, funny, rich... with an utterly orignal and brilliant structure at its heart" -- Meg Rosoff, author of HOW I LIVE NOW "Mingling broad humour with incisive social comment, Q&A is absorbing and richly entertaining reading" * The Times * "This lively picaresque novel has an original and telling premise... a colourful portrait of Indian society is painted with remarkable lightness and wit" * Sunday Telegraph * "A hugely successful mixture of satire and intrigue" * Independent on Sunday *show more

About Vikas Swarup

Vikas Swarup is a member of the Indian Foreign Service and is based in Delhi. Q&A has won many awards, and is translated into 40 languages so far. It is the book behind the mult-Oscar winning film, Slumdog Millionaire. His second novel, Six Suspects, is available as a Black Swan paperback and ebook and is soon to be made into a film.show more

Back cover copy

Eighteen-year-old Ram Mohammad Thomas is in prison after answering twelve questions correctly on a TV quiz show to win one billion rupees. The producers have arrested him, convinced that he has cheated his way to victory. Twelve extraordinary events in street-kid Ram's life - how he was found in a dustbin by a priest; came to have three names; fooled a professional hitman; even fell in love - give him the crucial answers. In his warm-hearted tale lies all the comedy, tragedy, joy and pathos of modern India.show more

Review Text

"A hugely successful mixture of satire and intrigue"show more

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