was born in 1937; her father was Bengali and her mother German, and she was educated in Delhi. Her publihsed work includes
Clear Light of Day
, which was shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize,
Fire on the Mountain
, for which she won the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize and the 1978 National Academy of Letters Award,
, which was shortlisted for the 1984 Booker Prize, a volume of short stories,
Games at Twilight
, all of which are publihsed in Penguin. She has also written several books for children. She is a member of the Advisory Board for English of the National Academy of Letters in Delhi and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London. She was awarded the Neil Gunn International Fellowship for 1994. Anita Desai is married, has four children, and lives in India.