Send us your questions for Arundhati Roy…

Got something to ask the Booker prize winner and activist? Now is your chance, on the paperback publication of her follow-up to The God of Small Things

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard,” said Arundhati Roy in her lecture accepting the 2004 Sydney peace prize.

Born in India in 1961, Roy is a novelist, writer and political activist. She won the 1997 Booker prize with her first novel, The God of Small Things, a semi-autobiographical book about family life in Kerala. She has released several non-fiction works, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2002) and Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy (2009).

Her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which was published last year, was longlisted for the Man Booker prize and is an international bestseller. To mark its publication in paperback next month, the Observer is offering readers the chance to put a question to Roy.

Post your questions by 10am on Thursday 31 May, either below the line here, on twitter @ObsNewReview or by email to

Here are some quotes to get you started.

“Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit, and it was amazing the kind of things one could get used to.”
The God of Small Things, 1997

“This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.”
The God of Small Things, 1997

“I think that I was quite a grown-up child, and I have been a pretty childish adult.”
Interview, Observer, 2009

“The trouble is that once America goes off to war, it can’t very well return without having fought one. If it doesn’t find its enemy, for the sake of the enraged folks back home, it will have to manufacture one. Once war begins, it will develop a momentum, a logic and a justification of its own, and we’ll lose sight of why it’s being fought in the first place.”
Article, Outlook, 8 October 2001

“I don’t believe that there are only two genders. I see gender as a spectrum and I’m somewhere on that spectrum. According to a Qqueer friend, my evolution on the gender spectrum has been from ‘Straight’ to ‘Qwicked’.”
Interview, Outlook, 2015

“Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth20th century. Flags are bits of coloured cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.”
War Talk, 2003


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