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Sandip Roy: Year of Runaways

at the Kolkata Literary Meet
Sandip Roy
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Sunjeev Sahota

The book “The year of the Runaways” was shortlisted for a Man Booker. But Sunjeev is an unlikely storyteller. he’d never read a novel until he was 18. 

In a year when Donald Trump has made immigrant the dirty word of a presidential campaign, with talk of rapists and terrorists and building walls, Sunjeev Sahota tells the stories of those who clean drains, work double shifts for half the pay and risk terrible odds in the hope of a better life. Not Latinos in America. But Punjabis in England.