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The Year of the Runaways

3.85 based on 3954 ratings & 585 reviews on Goodreads.com

2016 Winner

South Bank Sky Arts Awards Literature Award

2016 Short-listed

International Dylan Thomas Prize

2016 Winner

Encore Award

2015 Short-listed

Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award

2015 Short-listed

Man Booker Prize

Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015

'A brilliant and beautiful novel' Kamila Shamsie, Guardian

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

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.

Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, Sunjeev Sahota's generous, unforgettable novel 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.

In the media

A sensitive and searing novel.
Mail on Sunday
Tolstoy and Steinbeck are not exaggerated comparisons for the sweep and power of Sahota’s second novel about five immigrant men living in England illegally and what they went through to get there
Boston Globe
Masterly . . . A poignant exploration of the fate of friendship and goodness in a frontier world that "makes you only care for yourself," . . . Wryly humorous . . . and moving . . . Most of all it is an honest summoning of great hardship that never entirely closes the door on possibility . . . "The Year of the Runaways" needs no affectations to announce its timeliness. As the sheer number of displaced peoples in Europe threatens to overwhelm any capacity for empathy, Mr. Sahota's superb novel helps to make the reality of migrants a little less unimaginable and a little more human.
Wall Street Journal