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Arundhati Roy won the prestigous Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel, The God of Small Things. Two other Indian-origin writers have won it before her- Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children won in 1981 and Sir V.S Naipaul's In a Free State in 1971 (he also won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001). Rushdie's book also won the speial Booker of Bookers in 1993.