A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

A Long Way Home

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...

Details A Long Way Home

TitleA Long Way Home
Release DateJun 24th, 2013
PublisherPenguin Aus. Imprint:Viking
Number of pages288 pages
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Cultural, India, Biography Memoir

Reviews A Long Way Home

  • PattyMacDotComma
    5★I remember hearing about this story when it ‘broke’ a few years ago, and then it surfaced again when Nicole Kidman starred in the movie LION, and the rest will, no doubt, be history.First, I have to say that although I already knew the bones of the story, as so many potential readers may, it only made the reading that much more enjoyable. Ghost-writer Larry Buttrose isn’t listed on the cover although he’s credited “with Larry Buttro...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/A Long Way Home will probably end up as a selection on all the lists featuring inspirational stories and here I go giving it a 2 Star. What can I say????? The first sign that this probably wasn't going to be a great book is the fact that the blurb wasn't even a blurb, but rather the opening pages of the story. That should have served as my warning, but I was all about reading errrrrry b...
  • Sharon
    At the age of five, Saroo an Indian boy becomes lost after after being separated from his brother. After traveling on a train for quite some time, Saroo ends up in Calcutta. Saroo is not only frightened and alone, but he is also faced with having to scavenge and beg for food for his survival. He has no idea of his surname or the village he comes from which make it extremely difficult to find his way back home. Life is looking very bleak for, Saro...
  • Maria Espadinha
    Destino ou Acidente ?A Vida tem daqueles Dias que só nos permitem satisfazer os caprichos de Sua Majestade, El Rei D. Inesperado.Ora foi num desses Dias que Saroo, um jovem com apenas 5 anos de idade, se perdeu do seu irmão mais velho , numa estação de comboios.Desorientado, sem a ínfima ideia de como regressar a casa, enfia-se num comboio, em busca de Salvação. Porém, a ansiada Salvação não chega, e em alternativa, após longas horas ...
  • Jennifer
    A Long Way Home is Saroo Brierley's personal account of finding himself tragically lost from his family at the young age of 5 years old. His journey back to his birth mother 25 years later is a truly amazing story. The fact that he survived before (and after) being discovered as homeless is a miracle in itself. Despite my thoughts about the astonishing facts, I have mixed feelings about this reading experience. In my perspective, this memoir was ...
  • Sarah
    3.5 Stars.I found out about this book when I watched the trailer for the 2016 movie "Lion". The trailer had me in tears and then when I saw it was based on this true story, I knew I had to read this. First of all, it is an incredible and heartbreaking story. I can't even fathom how Saroo, a 5 year old Indian boy survived for weeks on the streets by himself. So many awful things could have happened to him but he was extremely lucky that no major h...
  • Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
    Good Lord. FEELINGS. This book is effectively two separate stories:1. How Saroo got lost and ended up being adopted by an Australian family.2. Saroo's search for his home 20 years later.The first story is horrifying when you think about all the ways that his story could have ended differently. The second is nothing short of astonishing. Not only that he managed to find a needle in a haystack on Google Earth, but that his mother had made the decis...
  • ♥ Sandi
    Great story wrapped in a short book. It details the treacherous journey of not only a 5 year old as he leaves his home in India, but also the exhausting journey of a 30 year old as he finds his way back to that home.Written as a memoir, this starts as a heart breaking story. It is easy to read, but gripping in detail and frustrating in fact. It has become the 2017 Oscar nominated movie - Lions.4.25 stars
  • Laura
    This story was amazing and what's more IS it's not a work of fiction, it's TRUE! I have a strong love for non-fiction when stories like this come across as 'one in a million' chances!I'm sure everyone has mucked around with Google Earth at some point in their life? Have you known someone who shows super strong interest in it? I do. Saroo used this technology to find his family after years and years of never knowing if he'll ever see his true biol...
  • Lata
    Totally a feel-good story. I find it flipping amazing that 5-year old Saroo somehow managed to avoid any number of horrible situations while homeless and alone in Kolkata. To be adopted by a family in Australia truly was fortuitous.
  • Lauren Cecile
    Beautiful, poignant memoir!
  • Andrea
    Getting excited about the movie's imminent release, it was only when I watched an extended interview with Saroo and his mum on TV last week that I decided I needed to read the book before I see the Hollywood version of Saroo's story. I wanted to make sure I was clear on what really happened. Because this is a truly remarkable story, and you have to think that the universe really was working hard to look after this little boy - the 5yo Sheru - and...
  • Arianne Mix
    I really liked the first quarter of the book when he recollected his experiences as a boy in India. I love memoirs and this was right up my alley. The rest of the book was about his doubts and feelings of depression and his confusion and blah blah blah. It drove me crazy. He grew up in a beautiful, good family in Australia and the story of his adoption as a 5 yr. old was fascinating. But reading about his obsessive search for his family for over ...
  • Robyn
    ARC received from NetGalley via ShelfAwareness. An interesting and touching story, hampered by lack of authorial skill. I'd not heard about Saroo Brierley's journey to find his family, the announcement of this book was the first I learned about his unusual life experiences. The tale is quite interesting, uplifting and positive, but the writing style was grammatically far too simple. There were few compound or complex sentences, which meant the bo...
  • Raghu
    This book tells an amazing story. There is simply no other way to describe it. It is the real-life story of Saroo, a five-year-old child in a village in central India, who gets lost and finds himself transported all the way east to Calcutta, some 1800 kms away. Young Saroo, all of five, penniless and illiterate, does not even know the name of his village and knows little else about where he was from. He gets off at the bustling, crowded Howrah tr...
  • Kevin Argus
    I began reading this ebook at a cafe this morning and finished on the front veranda at home this afternoon, bathed in sunshine. I feel Saroo Brierley has opened his mind honestly and thoughtfully, and taken me on his early childhood journey, from loss, fear, resignation, hope, belonging, love, wonder and fulfilment. I love that Saroo shared his whole life, his insights into important members of family, friends, and acquaintances. I read with sung...
  • Elaine
    I read this a few years ago when it first came out and not sure why I didn't write a review back then. I remember thinking what an extraordinary story. A little boy getting lost, travelling miles away from his hometown, surviving for months by himself in the dangerous streets of Calcutta, just narrowly escaping from a horrible fate. He is then adopted by a loving couple and travels even further from home to Tasmania. This is the story of Saroo an...
  • Faizah Aulia R
    baca ini karena belum transaksi filmnya dengan temen yg punya filmnyaiyaaaa, bukunya udah diangkat ke layar lebar, judulnya jadi 'LION' dan kemaren2 nominated di OSCAR.Kalo kata teteh yg udah nonton mah Dev Patel nya bahaya, cenah mah kasep #eaaaaabaikanSaroo kecil terpisah dengan kakaknya Gaddu ketika sedang bermain (juga mencari makan) di stasiun kecil kota India. Karena terpisah dan Saroo baru pertama kali ke kota itu, Saroo tidak tahu jalan p...
  • Sara Soares ♡
    Esta é uma daquelas histórias verídicas que te fazem questionar se isto tudo foi real. Se é possível haver tantas escolhas acertadas, tantas dúvidas questionáveis, tantos encontros em desencontros. Saroo era uma criança com apenas 5 anos que conseguiu sobreviver e viver durante semanas na rua, sozinho e entregue apenas ao seu destino. Como será que uma criança com essa idade, sem noção de qualquer instrução e educação básica cons...
  • Susan
    Lion: A true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. A 5 year old child gets lost in India. One one evening with his older brother, he goes on an adventure. By the time the train reached Burhanpur, Saroo was so tired he collapsed onto a seat on the platform. His older brother told him to wait and he will be back. Being 5 years old and impatient he jumped on a train that he thought his brother was on. He was very wrong, a mistake th...
  • Christine Zibas
    It is sometimes difficult not to imagine some forces at work that are beyond my understanding.With trailers for the movie and Dev Patel doing a lot of interviews, this story is probably familiar to a lot of people who might consider reading the book. Despite knowing the general outline of the plot via this media blitz, I still found the book (and story) of Saroo Brierley extremely moving.The details of this one man's search for his way home are m...
  • Donna
    I enjoyed this book so much. Sometimes good things happen and guardian angels are alive and well. Saroo, the author, was separated from his brother when he was 5. He ended up far away from his home town living on the streets in the big city. Eventually, someone with honest intentions stepped in to help him and he was adopted out to a family in Australia. This book is about his journey back as a grown man. It was a great story.
  • Meags
    4 StarsHonest, heartbreaking, powerful, uplifting and hopeful, this amazing true story is one for the ages. Thank-you, Saroo Brierley, for sharing your story with us. <3
  • Bridget
    The quest to know oneself and where we come from is something lots of people struggle with, but it must be particularly strong in children such as Saroo Brierly who have been adopted out of their home country and are being raised in a different culture in a far away land. I found it incredible that this guy was able to find his home, the chances seem so remote that he could find the exact place he left by accident when he was 5 years old. It was ...
  • Yv
    Wat een onvoorstelbaar leven heeft deze jongen gehad zeg! Kleine Saroo, Sheru (wat Lion betekent in zijn moedertaal, vandaar de titel) gaat met zijn broer op pad, raakt hem kwijt, leeft een zwerversbestaan en via een boel narigheid komt hij uiteindelijk in Australië terecht. Als internet haar intrede maakt in de wereld, is dit voor Saroo een kans om op zoek te gaan naar zijn biologische familie. Prachtig om te lezen.Helaas kon de manier van schr...
  • Maria João
    8,5 de 10*Em regra, as histórias verídicas sensibilizam-me de uma maneira especial e esta não foi excepção. Embora tivesse noção que a Índia tem uma realidade completamente diferente dos países ocidentais, ainda assim fiquei chocada com o que aconteceu a Saroo, uma criança com 5 anos que se vê sozinha e perdida no meio de Calcutá, sem qualquer tipo de auxílio.Comentário completo em:http://abibliotecadajoao.blogspot.pt/...
  • Tripfiction
    Two small children run through the main train station in Pushkar, bright red mud and sand caked into their hair. They pull at our trousers and beg for money for naan bread and shampoo, grinning and showing us their blackening teeth. ‘Don’t give them any money’ replays in my mind, a sentence I’d hear numerous times escaping the lips of Indians and travelers alike. It was usually followed by ‘they won’t receive any of the money’ or ...
  • Toni FGMAMTC
    Oh man, this story is so touching and really makes a person appreciate life. I could tell that it was written by someone who doesn't make a living writing. It's more of a just the facts type read instead of one that tries to stir up emotions, but the subject matter will bring on the feelings regardless. I'm looking forward to seeing the film.
  • Sandra
    Um livro que não dá para largar! À medida que vamos lendo, queremos saber mais e mais sobre a jornada de um menino de cinco anos que entrou num comboio sem querer, foi parar ao outro lado da Índia, sem saber explicar quem era e de onde vinha, que passou por situações inimagináveis enquanto teve que viver na rua e que teve a sorte de ser adoptado por uma família australiana, mas sem nunca se esquecer das origens e com uma vontade imensa de...
  • Helen McKenna
    This was simply the most amazing story on so many levels.Back in 1986 five year old Saroo made a last minute decision to accompany his older brother on a short train trip to a nearby town in rural India. Although he was supposed to be babysitting his baby sister, Saroo risked his mother's wrath and left his humble home, not realising just what a journey he was about to make. Instructed to wait on the platform by his older brother, young Saroo was...