Manu Joseph was born in Kottayam town of Kerala and was brought up in Chennai. He was enrolled for graduation in Loyola College, Chennai and later Madras Christian College from where he decided to drop out in order to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. He joined Society Magazine as a staff writer soon after dropping out from Madras College.
Manu Joseph served as an editor to OPEN magazine and is a regular columnist for The International New York Times and The Hindustan Times. His made a debut in novel writing with Serious Men, which was published in 2010.
Manu Joseph’s debut novel won the rare Hindi Literary Prize in 2010, the most prestigious award given for the Indian literature. The novel was shortlisted for Man Asian Literary Prize (2010) and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (2011). Huffington Post listed Serious Men amongst 10 best books of the year.
PEN jury made a prompt reaction to his debut novel saying “…that rare bird who can wildly entertain the reader as forcefully as he moves them.”
Manu Joseph is one of the finest contemporary writers that has an engrossing style of writing. His two novels Serious Men and The Illicit Happiness of Other People explains his style of writing which is a mix of witty humour and contemporary satire.
Manu Joseph’s recent release Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous is believed to be one of the most stylish and honest works of fiction about India ever written.