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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum

By Katherine Boo
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers describes life in the Annawadi slum in India, close to Mumbai’s international airport. These blinks tell the story of families who live in squalid conditions but still dream of a better life, even though the odds are overwhelmingly against them.

  • Anyone who wants to know about life in the slums of Mumbai
  • Anyone who liked the movie Slumdog Millionaire
  • Anyone who wants to understand the damage caused by corruption

Katherine Boo is an investigative journalist who focuses on themes of social justice and poverty. In order to research Behind the Beautiful Forevers, she spent over three years in the Annawadi slum. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2000.


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