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In 1978, gifted student and writer Greg Roberts turned to heroin when his marriage collapsed, feeding his addiction with a string of robberies. Caught and convicted, he was given a nineteen-year sentence. After two years, he escaped from a maximum- security prison, spending the next ten years on the run as Australia's most wanted man. Hiding in Bombay, he established a medical clinic for slum- dwellers, worked in the Bollywood film industry and served time in the notorious Arthur Road prison. He was recruited by one of the most charismatic branches of the Bombay mafia for whom he worked as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler, and fought alongside a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. His debut novel, SHANTARAM, is based on this ten-year period of his life in Bombay. The result is an epic tale of slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films. A gripping adventure story, SHANTARAM is also a superbly written meditation on good and evil and an authentic evocation of Bombay life. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.556

a wonderful read!!

by TENLEY T on Jan 26, 2013

an incredible story,even more so because it's true! my daughter and I both agreed,if even HALF of it is true,it's an amazing story,I recommend it to anyone More

Donovan S

Just like a mortgage, slow start, fast finish!

by Donovan S on Oct 20, 2011

Took me a while to really get into it, not as fast a starter as White Tiger, but once it gets rolling along, what a story! Great book. Well worth sticking with the first 100 pages. More

by BreaLind on Jan 20, 2011

This is one of the greatest books I've read in a really, really long time. I was captivated from the moment I opened the front cover. A great book for both men and women. The writing is excellent and the story is even better. More



by SKULL on May 21, 2009

Excellent prose. Fine story telling,an epic life captured with eloquence. A riveting tale not easily put down. More


This book has it all

by Auntbee on Aug 30, 2007

This book has it all-adventure, love, travel, and spirituality. Our unlikely hero does all the right things for all the wrong reasons. This book will keep you sitting on the edge of your chair. Just when you think everything is resolved, along comes another adventure and another surprise. More

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