About the Book

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


‘A literary masterpiece ... at once erudite and intimate, reflective and funny ... it has the grit and pace of a thriller’- Daily Telegraph

‘Powerful and original ... a remarkable achievement’ -- Sunday Telegraph

‘Extraordinarily vivid ... a gigantic, jaw-dropping, grittily authentic saga’ -- Daily Mail

‘A publishing phenomenon’ -- Sunday Telegraph

'A literary masterpiece ... it has the grit and pace of a thriller' -- Daily Telegraph 

About the Author

Gregory David Roberts was born in Melbourne in 1952. After surviving the events dealt with in Shantaram, he was captured in Germany in 1990 and eventually extradited to Australia. On completing his prison sentence, he established a small multi-media company and is now a full-time writer. He is currently working on The Mountain Shadow, a sequel to Shantaram, being the continuing adventures of Lin, Karla and all the other characters still standing at the end of Shantaram, and with a host of new characters and locations in Europe and West Asia.

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780349117546
Publisher Date: 2005
Edition: New ed
Language: ENGLISH
Spine Width: 44 mm
ISBN-10: 0349117543
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publisher Imprint: Abacus
Depth: 50
Height: 197 mm
No of Pages: 944
Width: 129 mm