5th November 2019
Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel ‘The Far Field’ wins 2019 JCB Prize for Literature

The JCB Prize for Literature is presented to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian writer and for 2019, after careful selection by a panel of five judges from a vast range of submissions by writers across fourteen states, Madhuri Vijay has been announced as this year’s winner for her debut novel ‘The Far Field’.

The jury said, “The Far Field is an impressively ambitious novel of stunning emotional and psychological acuity. This deeply introspective story, located in troubled Kashmir, is also a panoramic exploration of our ideas and assumptions about nationhood. Rendered in visually evocative, lucid prose, and driven by a fragile but compelling narrator-protagonist, this tragic novel teems with unforgettable characters. We are proud to celebrate the arrival of a luminous new talent in Indian literature.”

The prize champions Indian writers from across the country, for works of fiction written either in English, or those translated from a native Indian language into English, with the winner receiving an impressive Rs. 25 Lakh, equating to roughly £25,000.