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Two Indian-Origin Authors shortlisted for British Academy Book Prize

A total of 6 books were shortlisted from 200 submissions for the 11th edition of the awards.

Kris Manjapra (L) and Nandini Das ( R) have been shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize / (Image - Simon & Schuster (L) / University of Oxford (R ).

Two authors of Indian origin, Nandini Das from the United Kingdom and Kris Manjapra from the United States, have been shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize 2023 for Global Cultural Understanding, a prestigious international non-fiction award worth £25,000 ($31,170).

Indian origin Nandini Das, now residing in the UK, has been nominated for her book titled 'Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire'. Meanwhile, Kris Manjapra, who is from the Caribbean with a mixed African and Indian background and currently resides in the US, has made it to the shortlist with his book 'Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation'.

Nandini Das, who is in her forties and currently Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Oxford, made an indelible impact on the shortlist with her debut work. Das was born in India and attended Jadavpur University in Kolkata before continuing her education in England. 

Kris Manjapra, also in his forties, grew up in Canada and is now the Stearns Trustee Professor of History and Global Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. His nominated work delves into slavery's long decline and the inadequacies of emancipation.

The 2023 shortlisted writers will be brought together for a special event at the British Academy on October 30th, in collaboration with London Review Bookshop and led by award-winning journalist Rosie Goldsmith. The winner of the £25,000 prize will be announced on Tuesday, October 31st, during an award event. Each of the shortlisted writers will get £1,000 in prize money. Both activities will be webcast live.

This distinguished award, currently in its 11th year, invites submissions from authors of any nationality, regardless of geographical location, and works in any language, as long as the nominated item is available in English and published in the United Kingdom. The prize honours nonfiction works based on research that have greatly contributed to the public's knowledge of global cultures and their interdependence.

The 2023 jury, chaired by Professor Charles Tripp, a Fellow of the British Academy, expressed their tremendous respect for this year's shortlist's excellent quality of writing. They praised the authors for their extraordinary ability to find discoveries and offer new views on long-held beliefs.

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