Suzanna Arundhati Roy (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian writer (in English) and activist who won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel,The God of Small Things, and in 2002, the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize. She is also a writer of two screenplays and a number of collections of essays. Roy is a well-known activist for social and economic justice.
The book received the 1997 Booker Prize for Fiction and was listed as one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 1997. It reached fourth position on the New York Times Bestsellers list for Independent Fiction. From the beginning, the book was also a commercial success: Roy received half a million pounds as an advance, published in May, the book had been sold to eighteen countries. Now she spends most of her time as a social activist.