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Lion : AKA A Long Way Home - Saroo Brierley


Published: 28th November 2016
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A true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, now a major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

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 pore 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.

Lion: A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story that 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.


Would read again and again!


After watching the movie, I was intrigued to learn more about Saroo, and loved this book! I've already bought a copy for a friend!



Great story a brilliant read


All good



Slightly different to movie, but still a remarkable story.


Saw the ad for the movie, and were going on a trip so thought this might be a good read. Not disappointed. Fairly light reading, but that's not a negative. A remarkable story of survival and resolution. The movie is worth seeing, too.

ACT, Australia

An intriguing read


I saw the film first and had to buy the book. Such a tragic thing to happen to a little child but with a very happy outcome.



Moving story


A true story of human perserverance



A moving story


This is a very moving story and so good to know that the young man found his biological family, as well as loving his adopted family.

Dapto, NSW, Australia



4.3 6


'We urge you to step behind the headlines and have a read of this absorbing account ... With clear recollections and good old-fashioned storytelling, Saroo ... recalls the fear of being lost and the anguish of separation.' Weekly Review

'A remarkable story ... [Brierley] provides an informative and fascinating insight into how Third World families live with, and somehow survive, their poverty.' Saturday Age

'I literally could not put this book down ... [Saroo's] return journey will leave you weeping with joy and the strength of the human spirit.' Manly Daily

'A feel-good read about a remarkable journey.' Sun-Herald

'As well as the tale of his quest, he provides an informative and fascinating insight into how Third World families live with, and somehow survive, their poverty.' The Age

'An incredible story of how one boy survived and prevailed through extreme circumstances to change his fortunes.' femail.com.au

ISBN: 9780143572305
ISBN-10: 014357230X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 28th November 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.22