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A Long Way Home - Saroo Brierley

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Published: 24th June 2013
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When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines.

Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pour over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.

Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.

A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope.

About the Author

Saroo Brierley was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. He lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

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4.2

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  • Informative (3)
  • Well written (3)

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    4.0

    memory

    By katesisco

    from USA

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    • Easy To Read
    • Informative
    • Well Written

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        What do you think happened to Saroo?
        In retrospect he admits no train car ever leaves empty yet his car, with the locked doors and the barred windows, did.
        He writes that his adopted brother was abused, and believes himself not abused, but recalls how he was befriended by a man who gave him shelter and food, and brought another man that cultivated him. Saroo admits the he 'knew' this man was dangerous, and ran away before being trapped there. And that these men hunted for him for some time.
        What do you think happened to Saroo?

        A train car, locked and barred, and impossibly empty, the trip taking a day longer than possible, could enormous fear have created a safer memory than the one Saroo experienced?

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        4.0

        fascinating story

        By oh my!

        from Tasmania

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          A fascinating story, made more amazing because it is true. You will fall in love with Saroo and I was fascinated to hear first hand of the poverty in India and the generosity of spirit of his adopting family. This tale, told with honesty, will lift your spirit

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          5.0

          I definitely would read this book again

          By Makita

          from Melbourne

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          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
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          • Excellent

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          Relaxing read

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          3.0

          saroo's story

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          from Burnie

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          an interesting story of the times - best bit: the helplessness of so many living in India and like countries

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          4.0

          Interesting and easy

          By Liz

          from Sydney

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            This is a very easy book to read, I finished it within a couple of days. The subject is interesting and the people are likeable. It is definitely a book I'll buy for friends.

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            5.0

            Amazing Story

            By Jude

            from Tas.

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            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
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            • Heart Warming Story
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              This is a heart warming story of a search. It brings amazing insights into what the mind retains at a very young age and the bonds made that are never broken It is also an insight into another culture and the hardships faced.

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              ISBN: 9780670077045
              ISBN-10: 0670077046
              Audience: General
              For Ages: 14 - 15 years old
              For Grades: 10
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 288
              Published: 24th June 2013
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
              Weight (kg): 22.9
              Edition Number: 1