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A new, big, biography of Raymond Chandler by Tom Williams is in and Jeet Thayil's Narcopolis is in race for the Booker.

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Narco Analysis

An Indian book in the $50,000 Booker Prize is always cause for celebration—the surprise entry to make it to the 12-book longlist is Jeet Thayil’s Bombay book, Narcopolis. It’s about poets, pimps and pushers of the city in the ’70s—a world Thayil knows intimately, having fought substance-abuse successfully. Big names like Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith (who has written a novel after seven years) and Martin Amis failed to make the cut. Thayil is up against some formidable novelists, like Booker winner Hilary Mantel for Bring Up The Bodies and Will Self for Umbrella. What with the Booker announcement, the bookies aren’t far behind. Right now, Thayil’s book is the least favourite with odds of 20 to 1, and Mantel is on top at 4 to 1. But these keep changing as the shortlist nears;...

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