William Dalrymple, Salman Rushdie top authors' reading list in 2012

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William Dalrymple, Salman Rushdie top authors' reading list in 2012. (Reuters) William Dalrymple, Salman Rushdie top authors' reading list in 2012. (Reuters)
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Swarup, whose novel "Q&A" was adapted into the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire", liked reading "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan, "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson and "The Emperor of All Maladies" by Siddhartha Mukherjee, which is "not just a biography of cancer but a literary mystery about the excitement and thrill of scientific discovery".

Anita Nair, the author of "The Better Man", "Ladies Coupe", "Mistress" and "Lessons in Forgetting" listed "The Slap" by Christos Tsiolkas, "The Invention of Everything Else" by Samantha Hunt and "The Book of Barbosa" by Duartes Barbosa as her top three reads for the year.

Jahnavi Barua, whose novel "Rebirth" was nominated for the 2012 Commonwealth Prize and Man Asian Booker Prize in 2011, liked Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka's multiple-award winning "Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep

Mathew", Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole's "Open City" and Janice Pariat's collection of stories "Boats on Land".

Jerry Pinto, writer of "Em and the Big Hoom", enjoyed Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo's voluminous and brave collection of poems - "These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry".

"It was lovely to see, within one set of covers, voices from all four corners of the subcontinent and from all strata of society," he says.

Thriller fiction writer Ashwin Sanghi liked "Joseph Anton: A Memoir" by Salman Rushdie, "Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan" by Dalrymple and Brian Weiss' "Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of Past Life Memories".

Delhi-based German author Roswitha Joshi enjoyed reading "Lucknow Boy" by Vinod Mehta, "Durbar" by Tavleen Singh and "Get to the Top" by Suhel Seth.

"All of them are very informative and written in a spunky style, spiced up by personal anecdotes that not only say a lot about events and the personalities involved in them but the authors and their mental make-up as well. After my recent trip

to Egypt I cannot put down a book called 'River God' written by Wilbur Smith, which had been lying for ages unread in a shelf because I could not gel with an over 600 pages long story set in ancient Egypt," she says

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