Sunjeev Sahota is Short Listed for the Man Booker Prize 2015

Sunjeev Sahota with Dr Katy Shaw. Photo: Raj Passy

Sunjeev Sahota with Dr Katy Shaw. Photo: Raj Passy

Huge congratulations to Leeds based author Sunjeev Sahota who has been short listed for the Man Booker Prize 2015.

His book, The Year of the Runaways, is one of only 13 novels, now down to 6, to have made it through the selection process. 156 books were considered for this year’s prize.

Sunjeev appeared at this year’s Big Bookend festival and was interviewed by Dr Katy Shaw from Leeds Beckett University.

The Year of the Runaways tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by circumstance. Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in desperate search of a new life. Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, It is a story of dignity in the face of adversity and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

The 2015 short list is:

Marlon James – A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications)

Tom McCarthy – Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)

Chigozie Obioma – The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press)

Sunjeev Sahota – The Year of the Runaways (Picador)

Anne Tyler – A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus)

Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life (Picador)

The 2015 winner will then be announced on Tuesday 13 October in London’s Guildhall and will leave with a cheque for £50,000.

We’re voting for Sunjeev, of course!

You can read Yvette Huddleston’s interview with Sunjeev here.

Sunjeev will be in conversation with Dr Katy Shaw on Tuesday 8th Dec at the Leeds Library. You can book your free tickets here.


Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend and the Northern Short Story Festival. She continues to be its Director.

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