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 | Book Awards 2022 | English Non-fiction


Full Title: Invictus: The Jungle that Made Me

Author: Nidhie Sharma
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

‘I’ve been waiting for a book that drags one by the arm into the craggy, rugged, gorgeously terrifying landscape of India’s Northeast and it’s finally here in this breathless, unsettling adventure’ – Shiv Aroor, journalist and author of India’s Most Fearless

Six children

One treacherous jungle

A gripping story of resilience

Tawang, 10,000 feet above sea level and home to a remote Indian military base at the Indo-China border, is abuzz. Six army children – the oldest, thirteen, the youngest, six – have been missing since daybreak in the surrounding jungles.

With inclement weather, thick cloud cover, swollen streams raging downwards and lurking predators, the six are facing their hardest test yet. As the daunting jungle slowly unravels its plans, the children must find a way out before sundown.

Set against the harsh and inhospitable terrain of Arunachal Pradesh, Invictus is a compelling first-person account of survival against all odds.

About the Author: 

Nidhie Sharma is a writer–director and the author of Dancing with Demons, India’s first work of fiction on boxing. She studied filmmaking and screenwriting at New York University and New York Film Academy, before which she graduated with honours in English Literature. Nidhie was raised in an armed forces environment and has travelled extensively across the world. Invictus chronicles a real-life event from her childhood. She lives in Mumbai.

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