Anita Desai

Happy eightieth birthday to the great Indian novelist Anita Desai. Shortlisted for the Booker three times, and winner of many other awards, she was one of the first really internationally significant women fiction writers from India. Clear Light of Day (1980), In Custody (1983, made into a Merchant-Ivory film), and her young readers’ novel The Village by the Sea are probably her best known. Her most recent work is the 2011 novel The Artist of Disappearance. She has a long history of excellence.

Her daughter, Kiran, won the Booker for her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss. Life is a funny old game.