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Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

Ram takes us on an amazing review of his own history — from the day he was found as a baby in the clothes donation box of a Delhi church to his employment by a faded Bollywood star to his adventure with a security-crazed Australian army colonel to his career as an overly creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal.

Swarup's Q & A is a beguiling blend of high comedy, drama, and romance that reveals how we know what we know — not just about trivia, but about life itself. Cutting across humanity in all its squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle between good and evil — and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive.


"Slumdog Millionaire's" eight Academy Awards have brought deserved attention to the novel upon which it was based: Vikas Swarup's "Q&A," which itself has now adopted the movie's title. Previously available only in abridged form, it has just been produced in an unabridged version, magnificently narrated by Christopher Simpson, an actor who specializes in characters from the Indian subcontinent.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)


About the Author

Vikas Swarup is an Indian diplomat who has served in Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, and Great Britain. Q & A, his first novel, is being translated into eighteen languages and is due to be made into a film. Swarup currently works in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.

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writermala, May 10, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
Even after watching the movie I found the book really exciting. I would say I enjoyed the book much more than the movie!

The story is of a boy from Mumbai's slum who goes onto answer an incredible number of questions in a "who wants to be a millionaire" like quiz show. The story reaches a climax at the pinnacle and the reader reads on with bated breath.

While the novel is fiction, much of it is based on fact and speaks to the reality of life in India and the dichotomy between the lives of the rich and the poor.

A great debut novel-truly deserving of its box office success as a movie.
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Diana Brown, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by Diana Brown)
All I can say is WOW! I have read at least 200 books this year, but the afternoon that I was waiting to get my car inspected and the only thing to read was this book that someone had left in the waiting room. I am a fan of Vikas Swarup forever.
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