A novel about three young men who leave India in hopes of a better life in England and a woman who tries to help them, is the focus of this hard-to-put-down read that was short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Tochi leaves India for England after he witnesses his family being destroyed, Avtar and Randeep hope to be able to send back a good part of their wages to their destitute parents, and Narinder agrees to a one year marriage to assuage her sense of guilt. All four of these young people live desperate lives-searching for food, shelter and work while evading the immigration authorities. Sahota's second work of fiction is an engrossing read that describes a common situation that has been given very little attention.— Nancy Randall
In the north of England, a group of young Indian immigrants struggle to begin something new--to support their families; to build their futures; to show their worth; to escape their pasts. An epic for our times, The Year of the Runaways is a stunning work of fiction that explores what it means and what it costs to make a new life, the capaciousness of the human spirit, and the power of humanity in the face of unspeakable suffering.
About the Author
Sunjeev Sahota was born in 1981 in Derbyshire and lives in Sheffield with his wife and children.