Centre on Asia and Globalisation faculty associate James Crabtree this month enjoyed a double set of international recognition for his recent book The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age.
Crabtree, who is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, was one of 6 works short-listed for the FT / McKinsey Book of the Year Award, the world's most prestigious annual business book contest, awarded at a ceremony in London at the National Gallery.
The Billionaire Raj, which has become a best-seller and was published to wide acclaim in July of this year, then went on to be named Tata LitLive! Business Book of the Year, awarded as part of Mumbai International Literary Festival and handed out at a ceremony in the city in on 18th November.
In a video recorded for the event, Crabtree said:
For the next 20 years, India’s growth and rise is going to be one of, if not the most important stories that people are going to tell about the world. And so, in a sense, the fact that The Billionaire Raj has in its own small way contributed to people’s understanding of India here and abroad is something that I am very proud of.
The twin awards cap a successful period for Crabtree's work, following an international book tour in India, the UK, USA, Australia and here in Singapore. Over the next few months James will also be appearing at more events in Singapore and India, including both the Chennai and Jaipur literature festivals.