Short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize The Guardian: The Best Novels of 2015 The Independent: Literary Fiction of the Year 2015 From one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and Man Booker Prize nominee Sunjeev Sahota—a sweeping, urgent contemporary epic, set against a vast geographical and historical canvas, astonishing for its richness and texture and scope, and for the utter immersiveness of its reading experience. Three young men, and one unforgettable woman, come together in a journey from India to England, where they hope to begin something new—to support their families; to build their futures; to show their worth; to escape the past. They have almost no idea what awaits them. In a dilapidated shared house in Sheffield, Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his life in Bihar. Avtar and Randeep are middle-class boys whose families are slowly sinking into financial ruin, bound together by Avtar’s secret. Randeep, in turn, has a visa wife across town, whose cupboards are full of her husband’s clothes in case the immigration agents surprise her with a visit. She is Narinder, and her story is the most surprising of them all. The Year of the Runaways unfolds over the course of one shattering year in which the destinies of these four characters become irreversibly entwined, a year in which they are forced to rely on one another in ways they never could have foreseen, and in which their hopes of breaking free of the past are decimated by the punishing realities of immigrant life. A novel of extraordinary ambition and authority, about what it means and what it costs to make a new life—about the capaciousness of the human spirit, and the resurrection of tenderness and humanity in the face of unspeakable suffering. From the Hardcover edition.
She is best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts including their hit cover "I Love Rock N' Roll" This one shot tells about her life from when she was in the ÒRunawaysÓ to when she broke off to her iconic solo career.
Julia and Nathan have no friends to speak of. They're misfits of Mrs Henrey's class - awlays the last to be picekd for the team, and always without a partner. Then they discover a stash of money in a deserted house and suddenly, instant popularity seems just around the corner. But so is trouble, in the shape of the adults who start asking difficult questions. There is only one thing the pair can do now, and that is to run away!
It's London in the late 1930s, and the Second World War is imminent. Molly's beloved dog Bertie is now considered "surplus to requirement". Molly runs away and when she comes across two other runaways that she starts to feel safe again. Maybe, just maybe, with each other's help, they have a chance of overcoming the trials put in front of them.
On the cusp of adulthood, three young people are about to make the most momentous decision of their lives. Anita lives in Karachi's slums - fearful that her fate is to serve the rich, until an elderly neighbour offers her an escape into another world . . . Monty belongs to Karachi's elite - his future is mapped out, until he meets a beautiful, rebellious girl . . . Sunny is a Portsmouth teenager - he is suffocated by the love and expectation of his father, until his charismatic cousin shows him a way to be his own man . . . These three paths are about to collide. And when they do, Anita, Monty and Sunny will find themselves at the mercy of powers beyond their control, and faced with a choice that will change them forever. _________________________ 'This is a bold and probing novel from a writer strikingly alert to something small and true' Guardian 'Bhutto's new novel will move you its profound wisdom and sharp grasp of our turbulent times' Elif Shafak 'A shocking, moving, and deeply compassionate novel' Vogue 'Stunning' Sunday Times
Shelley and Colin were young and in love. Running away to find meaning in their lives, they never expected to crash land on a blue-water planet known as earth. This is a story about damaged people and recovery. This is a story about earth and outer space. A young couple will seek a new life and adventure, only to be stranded on the earth planet during a time of war. A young man, beaten and humiliated by his family, will rise to repair the offworld spacecraft and allow the young couple to return home. During their travels, a young officer will be betrayed by his captain, simply for the sake of convenience. In some cases, absolute power does corrupt absolutely. And a machine race will find new life and purpose after the harsh manipulations of one single human. The characters may sound familiar, but new possibilities offer a new direction. Colin and Shelley’s two-week voyage will create a lifetime of memories. Written for all ages.
"...Carrying almost six hundred dollars, Mike's tent, and some groceries, they left their homes, leaving Mike to spread rumors as to where they were supposed to have gone. Actually, they camped out in the woods behind Mike's house at night and slipped through the door Mike left unlocked to eat and watch television during the day..."--Page 4 of cover.
On a night of wild storms, two lonely creatures escape from captivity. One of the creatures is a boy, Smiler, wrongly convicted of stealing, the other a cheetah, Yarra, leaving the Longleat Wild Life Park to have her cubs in privacy. Both are in danger from the outside world and each other, but somehow their lives become inextricably bound up as they fight for survival on the edge of Salisbury Plain. The Runaways is the first book in Victor Canning's classic children's trilogy, which continues in Flight of the Grey Goose.
When it comes to star-crossed lovers, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet have nothing on the characters in Nat Gould's "The Runaways." Enmeshed in an exceedingly complex set of romantic entanglements, the members of the Maynard clan are determined to pursue their passions at all costs. Will everything work out for the best? Read "The Runaways" to find out.