Q & A by Vikas Swarup

This is the book that the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is based on – although the events in the book differ from the film so you can still enjoy this book even if you have seen the film.

Ram Mohammed Thomas, a boy from the slums, wins a TV quiz show by answering 12 questions correctly – but no one believes that he can have achieved this without cheating. Ram looks back on his life and explains how events in his life enabled him to answer the questions correctly.

Funny, poignant and very gritty in places, the story explains how Ram left the slums and was able to answer the quiz questions correctly despite his lack of a standard education. His story is full of amazing adventures; not all of them happy ones and some quite horrifying. The structure of the book is unusual and the story is well written, coming to life on the page.

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