Selection Day

3.28 based on 577 ratings & 116 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 10.08.2017
ISBN: 9781509806492
Number of pages: 352

Synopsis

BY THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR OF THE WHITE TIGER

'The most exciting novelist writing in English today' A. N. Wilson

Manjunath Kumar is fourteen. He knows he is good at cricket - if not as good as his elder brother Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling and is fascinated by the world of CSI and by curious and interesting scientific facts. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn't know . . . Sometimes it seems as though everyone around him has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself.

When Manju begins to get to know Radha's great rival, a boy as privileged and confident as Manju is not, everything in Manju's world begins to change and he is faced with decisions that will challenge both his sense of self and of the world around him . . .

In the media

Top-rate fiction from a young master . . . Gripping.
Times
What makes Selection Day special beyond its journalistic achievements is its sure sense of the eroticism of the locker room. Stripped of his cricketing whites and chest guard, the sportsman is at risk of exposing his heart . . . Never predictable, never simple and never consoling.
Literary Review
A master class in integrating character . . . Peppered with dashes of humor, this dark and unflinching story is an unqualified triumph.
Booklist (starred review)