Nominated by:

Margarita Rudomino State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow, Russia

Edinburgh City Libraries, Scotland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Picador, UK

The Year of the Runaways

Sunjeev Sahota    

2017 Longlist

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 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 a story of dignity in the face of adversity and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

About the Author

Sunjeev Sahota was born in 1981 in Derbyshire and continues to live in the area. Ours are the Streets was his first novel.

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