Behind the Beautiful Forevers: life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
By Katherine Boo
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This astonishing, brilliantly written book brings us to places we could otherwise never go as it unfolds a riveting contemporary drama: a group of remarkable people striving to better their lives, in an age of bewildering global change.
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
22 February 2012
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'The book is a compelling read. It could be a novel; the pace is fast and moments of humour are sweet in the midst of tragedy and mishap. The characters are wonderfully conceived ... '

Author Biography

Katherine Boo, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has spent the last 20 years reporting from within poor communities, considering how societies distribute opportunity and how individuals get out of poverty. She learned to report at The Washington City Paper. She was also an editor of the Washington Monthly and, for nearly a decade, a reporter and editor at The Washington Post. Behind the Beautiful Forevers, her first book, received the United States' National Book Award. Her magazine and newspaper work has been recognised with a MacArthur Fellowship, a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, and the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.