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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 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....

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A Long Way Home Reviews

  • PattyMacDotComma


    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 Buttrose” inside.

    The Goodreads description is the first four introdu

    “Mum had always been fascinated by India and knew something about the conditions many people were living under there: in 1987 Australia’s population was 17 million, and that same year in India, around 14 million children under the age of ten died from illness or starvation. While obviously adopting one child was merely a drop in the ocean, it was something they could do. And it would make a huge difference to that one child. They chose India.”

    His mum (as he always refers to Sue Brierley), had a violent childhood, but Dad, John Brierley, had a happy upbringing, which gave stability to the family. They were in complete agreement about what they wanted to do together.

    The story moves back and forth, quite naturally, from Saroo’s memories to his searches to today, and it’s amazing how much and how well he remembered. But it wasn’t by accident.

    He replayed everything he did and everywhere he went in his mind, so he wouldn’t forget. As soon as he woke up lost in Calcutta, he tried to replay his memories of accidentally falling asleep on a train so he might figure out where it came from. He hopped on every train he could find, but with no luck.

    Later, growing up in Tasmania, he continued to practice retracing everything in his mind, as a kind of meditation, from walking around his village, to crawling into hiding places (sewer pipes – yuck!), to escaping dogs, sexual predators, and organ collectors! The odds on his surviving intact were slim indeed. But he never forgot all the landmarks he’d committed to memory. At FIVE!

    As I said, knowing these details won’t affect the fun you’ll have reading his story and enjoying the many photos that accompany it. Unfortunately, the adoption process takes longer than it did in the 1980s, but he says it’s quicker if you don’t demand a certain age or gender. If any Aussies are interested:

    I bet there’ll be a surge in demand as more people see the movie, LION, (the meaning of his name, Sheru, in Hindi).

    The Wikipedia article about Larry Buttrose has a nice story about how he worked on the book.

    “His best known book is A Long Way Home, the Saroo Brierley memoir, which he ghost-wrote in 2012. He researched and wrote the book between September and December of that year, including research trips to Hobart to interview Saroo and his family, and a month-long journey to India with Saroo. There he met Saroo’s Indian family, and travelled with Saroo on a rail journey across India, retracing for the first time the journey that Saroo took two and a half decades before as a young child, that ended him in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Buttrose completed the book in his Kolkata hotel room, and emailed the manuscript to the publishers Penguin on the date of the deadline.”

    Terrific book, unbelievable story from an amazing memory, wonderfully told! (Oh, am I gushing?)


  • aPriL does feral sometimes

    ‘A Long Way Home’ describes an early childhood in India which is beyond imagination for most Americans. The poverty of poor people in India is incredible and horrendous.

    But some escape it.

    Saroo Brierley was adopted from an Indian orphanage by a Tasmania couple eager for children. From the age of five or six (he does not know the day of his birth), Saroo was cared for and loved by the Brierleys, and given needed medical care (internal parasites and a tapeworm). After a normal Western world upbri

  • 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 harm came to him and he was even luckier to get ado

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    ever since I first heard about Saroo's story through the Australian media it has fascinated me. It is a harrowing story, but also such an incredible one. It is amazing to me that he managed to survive those weeks on the streets of Culcutta, being so severely separated from his family, and then managed to find his way back years later equipped with Google Earth and a few childhood memories.

    I adored the movie version and I've been meaning to finally get to the actual biography for years and FINAL

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    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 book that went from “Read to Reel” and I didn’t eve

  • mohsen pourramezani

    داستان واقعی یک پسر هندی به اسم سارو است که در پنجسالگی توی ایستگاه قطار برادرش را گم میکند. به صورت اتفاقی توی یک قطار گیر میافتد و به شهر دیگری میرود. مدتی در خیابان زندگی میکند و با کمک یک خانواده به یتیمخانه میرود. یک زوج استرالیایی فرزندخواندگیاش را به عهده میگیرند و او را به استرالیا میبرند. بعد از ۲۶ سال سارو موفق میشود آدرس خانوادهاش را در هند پیدا کند.

    پ.ن: اولین بار بود که یک کتاب طولانی انگلیسی زبان میخواندم و به همین دلیل خواندنش خیلی طول کشید. احتمالا جزئیاتی را هم به خاطر زبان ضعیفم

  • Lea Davey

    A Long Way Home - I am so pleased that I finally read this book, and that I did so before watching the movie.

    What an amazing story of not only survival, resilience and the will to stay safe set amidst the poverty and havoc of everyday life in India, but also a beautiful tale of the love given to both a small boy and then a grown man by both Saroo’s Australian parents and that of his family in India.

    It is incredible to follow Saroo’s journey and you can only believe that his destiny was indeed

  • Lauren Cecile

    Beautiful, poignant memoir!