The Year Of The Runaways – Sunjeev Sahota

Sunjeev Sahota-The Year Of The RunawaysREAD FOR BOOKERTHON

Three Indian men and a British-Indian woman are linked by chance in Sheffield, England, as they run the full gamut of experiences that come with being a migrant worker in Britain.

❍ “I was *very* heavily immersed in this book recently when I was dragged into the Tokoroa Subway for lunch by my daughter. Sitting there at a table enjoying their sandwiches were four people – who to me right then – looked exactly like this book’s main characters. They were happily interacting and enjoying each other’s company. “Hurray,” I thought, “everyone is okay!” A split second later I realised I had been A LITTLE BIT TOO INVOLVED in this book.  I am a sane person okay – I HAVE JUST BEEN READING A BIT TOO MUCH LATELY.

For every chapter, page and scene of this book I was right there alongside the characters, experiencing their triumphs and despair. It gave insight into a culture I had little familiarity with and the individual character’s struggles with duty versus personal ethics and belief systems was written comprehensively without being laid out too obviously for the reader. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to read this book.” – Suzy

❍ “The Year Of The Runaways uses four main characters to explore every possible experience for illegal migrant workers in Britain, from sham marriages, to the long, exhausting days of work, to the satisfaction of counting out piles of hard-earned money to send home. Generally, it is a book full of sad situations, of nerve-wracking escapes from the authorities and the mis-treatment of migrants by employers and landlords. But amongst all this is an overwhelming sense of personal pride and dignity ingrained into the migrants as they seek to better themselves and their families. It was this, and the well-written relationships between the four main characters, which made the story a standout for me. A vivid and significant book.” – Rachel

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