7 Must-Read Books by Arundhati Roy That You Shouldn't Miss

The God of Small Things:

Roy's debut novel is a masterpiece that delves into themes of family, love, and society in postcolonial India.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness:

Her second novel weaves a rich tapestry of characters and narratives, exploring themes of identity, politics, and resistance in modern India.

An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire:

In this collection of essays, Roy critiques imperialism, globalization, and corporate power, offering global perspectives on social and political issues.

Field Notes on Democracy:

Roy's essays in this collection provide insights into democracy, activism, and social justice movements, highlighting both the obstacles and potentials of grassroots resistance.

Walking with the Comrades:

Offering a firsthand account of Roy's immersion into India's Maoist insurgency, this book sheds light on the challenging realities faced by indigenous peoples and the complexities of armed struggle.


Roy explores how capitalism contributes to the collapse of India's poorest communities, exposing the inequalities and injustices perpetuated by neoliberalism.

The Seditious Heart:

This anthology spans two decades of Roy's literary career, covering a wide range of topics including environmentalism and freedom of speech.

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