The Year of the Runaways

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Pan Macmillan, Jun 18, 2015 - Fiction - 400 pages

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015

'The Grapes of Wrath for the 21st century' – Washington Post

Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, Sunjeev Sahota's unforgettable novel about illegal immigrants is – as with Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance – a story of dignity in the face of adversity and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

The Year of the Runaways tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by circumstance. Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in desperate search of a new life. Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his past in Bihar; and Avtar has a secret that binds him to protect the chaotic Randeep. Randeep, in turn, has a visa-wife in a flat on the other side of town: a clever, devout woman whose cupboards are full of her husband's clothes, in case the immigration men surprise her with a call.

'A brilliant and beautiful novel' – author of Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie, Guardian

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User Review  - asxz - LibraryThing

Not sure how many books filled with abject misery I want to read for pleasure. This was sad on an epic level but it lacked the counterbalancing compassion of A Little Life. I certainly couldn't recommend it to anyone even after the tacked-on happily ever after epilogue. Harsh. Read full review

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Sunjeev Sahota’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel is a dramatic discourse on the immigrant experience in the 21st century. The story follows the fortunes of three young men—Tochi, Randeep and Avtar ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Sunjeev Sahota was born in 1981 in Derbyshire and continues to live in the area. His debut novel, Ours are the Streets, was called 'Nothing short of extraordinary' Observer. His second novel, The Year of the Runaways, was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and was awarded a European Union Prize for Literature in 2017. He is one of Granta's Best of British Novelists 2013.

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