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A moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, celebrating the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope.

A true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, now the major motion picture Lion 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.

Reviews

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.

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143786504

    February 14, 2017

    Penguin

    272 pages

    RRP $22.99

    Online retailers

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    • Dymocks
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  • Trade Paperback

    9780670077045

    June 24, 2013

    Viking

    272 pages

    RRP $32.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Extract

Prologue

They’ve gone.

I’ve been thinking about this day for twenty-five years. Growing up half a world away, with a new name and a new family, wondering whether I would ever see my mother and brothers and sister again. And now here I am, standing at a door near the corner of a run-down building in a poor district of a small, dusty town in central India – the place I grew up – and no-one lives there. It’s empty.

The last time I stood here I was five years old.

 

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Awards and Recognition

  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    2014
    Shortlisted
    Biography of the Year

Also by Saroo Brierley

Lion: A Long Way Home
Lion: A Long Way Home Young Readers' Edition

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