New Delhi: A book on lives of people in a Mumbai slum has won this year's National Book Award for "Behind The Beautiful Forevers", written by American journalist Katherine Boo, is an account of Annawadi, a makeshift settlement near Mumbai airport.

The award was announced on Wednesday in New York." There was a lack of depth to the reporting on how India's phenomenal growth was affecting daily lives; income communities and particularly the lives of ordinary women and children.

It took two years of immersion and investigative reporting before I began to sense what the larger story might be," Boo quoted as telling an interviewer on the award website. National Book Foundation, a consortium of book publishing groups, gives away the annual awards.


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