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The warm-hearted comic story of a penniless waiter from Mumbai who became the biggest quiz-show winner in history!

Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested. For answering twelve questions correctly on Who Will Win A Billion? Because a poor orphan who has never gone to school cannot name the smallest planet in the solar system, or the plays of Shakespeare. Unless he has cheated.
Reviewing TV footage of the show, Ram tells us how he won, and takes us on an amazing tour of his life. From the day he is rescued from a dustbin, to his encounter with a security-crazed Australian colonel, and a spell as an over-creative guide at the Taj Mahal, Ram's survival instincts are infallible. Stunning an audience of millions, he draws on a store of street wisdom and trivia to provide him with the essential keys, not only to the quiz show, but to life itself.
Set in modern India, Q & A presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the struggle of good against evil, and what happens when one boy has no choice left in life but to survive.


This brilliant story, as colossal, vibrant and chaotic as India itself ... is not to be missed


Poignant, funny, rich ...with an utterly orignal and brilliant structure at its heart

Meg Rosoff, author of HOW I LIVE NOW

Swarup is an accomplished storyteller.

Daily Mail

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  • Paperback


    February 1, 2006

    Black Swan

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    May 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    384 pages

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