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Five books published in India on Commonwealth shortlist

Indian publishing is carving a formidable space for itself on the Commonwealth Book Prize list for 2012 with five titles published in the country on the shortlist.

All the books, including two by a Pakistani writer and a Sri Lankan writer, have been published in India.

The books include 'The Wandering Falcon' [Jamil Ahmad], 'Rebirth: A Novel' [Jahnavi Barua], 'The Sly Company of People Who Care' [Rahul Bhattacharya], 'The Book of Answers' [C Y Gopinath] and 'Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew' [Shehan Karunatilaka].

The books have been published by Penguin Books India, Harper Collins, Picador India and Random House India.

Fifteen books are in the race for the prize, a statement said.

The regional winners will be named on 22 May and the overall winner will be announced at the Hay Festival on 8 June.
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