The Year of the Runaways

  • by Sunjeev Sahota
  • Narrated by Sartaj Garewal
  • 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 choatic 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.


What the Critics Say

"The Year of the Runaways is a brilliant and beautiful novel." (Kamila Shamsie, Guardian)
"Sunjeev Sahota is an absolutely wonderful writer. It is amazing that this book, so rich, so absorbing, so deftly executed, should be only his second. I doubt if I'll read a better novel this year." (Cressida Connolly, Spectator)
"The Year of the Runaways is no less accomplished in its lyrical prose and ability to immerse the reader in the experiences of a hidden community in Britain.... It is a testament to Sahota's accomplished characterisation that he maintains sympathy with the men even after they commit crimes and take advantage of others." (Emily Dugan, Independent on Sunday)


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Customer Reviews

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Maybe easier to read than to listen to.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Year of the Runaways to be better than the print version?

I didn't read it. But for me, it was a difficult book to listen to though I was interested in what Sahota had to say about a soul crushing problem. I really couldn't keep track of the characters.

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Which character – as performed by Sartaj Garewal – was your favorite?


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- Eric

Depressing and difficult to follow

I am a big fan of India, have been there, have read several novels by Indian authors, and read a lot about India, but I still found it difficult to keep track of all the characters with their unfamiliar names, nicknames, and then the complicated way the author jumped back and forth among their various stories. Lastly, there wasn't much of a story to any of it, except for the endless struggle for uneducated illegal Indian immigrants to survive (and find work) in England. There was no "bright side" to any of it for anyone. No one is happy from beginning to end. Not exactly sure what the takeaway is supposed to be.
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- KL100

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books