Hari Kunzru who is half Kashmiri and half english has rejected a £5,000 literary prize, branding its newspaper sponsors, The Daily Mail, anti-immigrants, reports the BBC.
bq. Kunzru turned down the John Llewellyn Rhys award for his novel The Impressionist, objecting to the Mail on Sunday’s backing for the prize. He said its “hostility towards black and Asian people” was unacceptable and asked for the prize money to be donated to the Refugee Council charity.
Kunzru has already won the Betty Trask and Somerset Maugham awards, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book and Whitbread prizes. “The Mail on Sunday declined to comment but confirmed it would give the prize money to the Refugee Council in accordance with Mr Kunzru’s wishes,” says BBC.
Read about The Impressionist on Hari’s website