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COROMANDEL: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SOUTH INDIA
Charles Allen
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Shantaram
Gregory David Roberts

Classification : GENERAL & LITERARY FICTION
Pub Date : Mar 24, 2005
Imprint : ABACUS
Page Extent : 944
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349117546
Price : 599

About the book
Film rights sold for $2 million - Johnny Depp to star
Combined sales of HB: gross - 6,120 net - 5,665 / C format: gross - 8,613 net - 8,613
Like EMPIRE OF THE SUN, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS and PAPILLON, SHANTARAM combines high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose
'At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision' TIME OUT

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.

'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan . . . Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower . . . At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.' Time Out


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A literary masterpiece ... at once erudite and intimate, reflective and funny ... it has the grit and pace of a thriller>
     
Gregory David Roberts
Gregory David Roberts retired from public life in 2014 to devote time to his family and new writing projects.
Books by Gregory David Roberts
Shantaram (PB)
The Mountain Shadow (HB)
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