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Anosh Irani has previously published three novels: The Cripple and His Talismans; The Song of Kahunsha, which was a contender for CBC’s Canada Reads; and Dahanu Road, which was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Irani’s play Bombay Black won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Vancouver.


Anosh Irani on his award-nominated novel "The Parcel"

Award History

2016 Finalist

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for The Parcel

Jury Citation

“Set amid the raucous swirl of Bombay’s Kamathipura Red Light District, The Parcel is a searing indictment of the sex trafficking industry and a compassionate portrait of a troubled but resilient community. In Madhu, the transgender, retired prostitute at the heart of the novel, Anosh Irani has created a powerful yet flawed character to steward the reader through difficult, often disturbing material. Her struggles — with her past, with the legacy she might leave behind — are rendered with honesty and grace. Harrowing, enraging, unexpectedly humorous, and also profoundly sad, The Parcel is a haunting work of fiction that illuminates the ways in which history, both political and personal, pervades the present day.” — 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla)

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