Publisher details

Shantaram
Author
Gregory David Roberts
Publisher
Pan Macmillan
Genre
Fiction
Released
01 November, 2011

Synopsis

'It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.' Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to nineteen years imprisonment as punishment for a series of robberies of building-society branches, credit unions, and shops he had committed while addicted to heroin. In July 1980 he escaped from Victoria's maximum-security prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for what turned out to be the next ten years.For most of this period he lived in Bombay. He set up a free health clinic in the slums, acted in Bollywood movies, worked for the Bombay mafia as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler and, as a gun-runner, resupplied a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan.#20 in Australia's Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads#67 in ABC My Favourite Book#27 in Australia's Top 100 2016
Gregory David Roberts
About the author

Gregory David Roberts

Gregory David Roberts is a full-time writer, film producer, and international public speaker. In Bombay he has established a charitable trust to care for the poorest of the poor slum-dwellers. He divides his time between Geneva and Bombay.

Books by Gregory David Roberts

Related articles

Live Book Event: Mary-Lou Stephens in Conversation with Monica McInerney

News | Events & Festivals

4 August 2021

Live Book Event: Mary-Lou Stephens in Conversation with Monica McInerney

    July Better Reading BE: Books For When Life Doesn't Go to Plan

    BE

    4 August 2021

    July Better Reading BE: Books For When Life Doesn't Go to Plan

      Podcast: Zakiya Dalila Harris on Being a Young Black Woman in the Publishing Industry

      Podcast

      3 August 2021

      Podcast: Zakiya Dalila Harris on Being a Young Black Woman in the Publishing Industry

        Podcast: Kyle Perry on Overcoming the Dreaded Second Book Syndrome

        Podcast

        2 August 2021

        Podcast: Kyle Perry on Overcoming the Dreaded Second Book Syndrome

          It's Getting Smelly! Activity from Fart and Burp are Superstinkers by Zoë Foster Blake

          Kids & Ya

          2 August 2021

          It's Getting Smelly! Activity from Fart and Burp are Superstinkers by Zoë Foster Blake

          Live Book Event: Gabriel Bergmoser, Author of The Inheritance

          News | Events & Festivals

          29 July 2021

          Live Book Event: Gabriel Bergmoser, Author of The Inheritance

            Podcast: James Phelps on His Research into the Australian Prison System

            Podcast

            29 July 2021

            Podcast: James Phelps on His Research into the Australian Prison System

              The 2021 Booker Prize Longlist Has Been Revealed

              News | Awards | Book Life

              29 July 2021

              The 2021 Booker Prize Longlist Has Been Revealed

                Live Book Event: Hannah Bent, Author of When Things Are Alive They Hum

                News | Events & Festivals

                27 July 2021

                Live Book Event: Hannah Bent, Author of When Things Are Alive They Hum

                  Podcast: Shannah Kennedy on Allowing Ourselves to be Happy with Plan B

                  Podcast

                  26 July 2021

                  Podcast: Shannah Kennedy on Allowing Ourselves to be Happy with Plan B

                    COMMENTS

                    Leave a Reply

                    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

                    1. Clive Jones says:

                      One of the best reads I’ve had in recent years. A story written from the heart.