08 September 2016 Current Affairs: Famous Author Stuart Blackburn's "Into the Hidden Valley", a book based on Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh,won the MM Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016 in the UK.
He completed his doctorate in Tamil language and international folklore from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1980
He is the author or editor of 16 books on Indian culture and folklore, mainly in south India (where his first novel, Murder in Melur, is set) and northeast India. The book, published by Speaking Tiger, looks into a little-known episode in the colonial history of British India.
Blackburn vividly brings alive the world of the Apatanis.