Shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize 'All you can do is
surrender, happily, to its power' Salman Rushdie 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, this 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.