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First it was a media sensation. Then it became the New York Times bestseller and #1 international bestseller A Long Way Home. Now it’s Lion, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards!

This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...


At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

A Long Way Home 
is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.

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“Amazing stuff.”— The New York Post
 
“So incredible that sometimes it reads like a work of fiction.”— Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)
 
“A remarkable story.”— Sydney Morning Herald Review
 
“I literally could not put this book down...[Saroo''s] return journey will leave you weeping with joy and the strength of the human spirit.”— Manly Daily (Australia)
 
“We urge you to step behind the headlines and have a read of this absorbing account...With clear recollections and good old-fashioned storytelling, Saroo...recalls the fear of being lost and the anguish of separation.”— Weekly Review (Australia)

About the Author

Born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India,  Saroo Brierley lives in Hobart, Tasmania, where he manages a family business, Brierley Marine, with his father. Saroo’s story has been published in several languages and is now the major motion picture Lion.

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SheWhoReads
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Through the eyes of a mother
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
As a lover of a good story, I give this short but powerful book a solid five stars. As a mother, there aren''t enough stars available.to express my admiration for the way Brierley processed and portrayed his relationship with his two families. He honored and loved them both,... See more
As a lover of a good story, I give this short but powerful book a solid five stars. As a mother, there aren''t enough stars available.to express my admiration for the way Brierley processed and portrayed his relationship with his two families. He honored and loved them both, and regardless of which mother I might have been in this circumstance, my heart would be full, and I would not have felt shortchanged.
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Megan H
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Inspirational Story
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2017
It''s both a heartbreaking and heartwarming story. When 5-year-old Saroo is accidentally separated from his Indian family at a train station, he ends up surviving on the streets of Kolkata (Calcutta) on his own for 2-3 weeks before being taken to an orphanage.... See more
It''s both a heartbreaking and heartwarming story.

When 5-year-old Saroo is accidentally separated from his Indian family at a train station, he ends up surviving on the streets of Kolkata (Calcutta) on his own for 2-3 weeks before being taken to an orphanage. He''s quickly adopted by an Australian family, John and Sue Brierley.

Fast-forward 25 years, and Saroo chooses to search for his biological family, which he does with the help of Google Maps, Google Earth and Facebook. In a country of almost 1.3 billion people, he manages to find the three he cares most about.

It''s an inspiring story, and one I devoured quickly. My heart broke as he describe the poverty of India, and I cried as he described his adoptive mother and birth mother meeting and embracing for the first time.

The only reason I''m giving it 4 stars is because I feel the writing was bland at times, and some details are repeated over and over again. However, I credit that to Brierly being a first-time writer, and let''s be honest—sharing your life''s story, especially one as unique as his, can''t be an easy task. All in all, I''d recommend the book to anyone.
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Sandra Breuer
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I Will Take You to Your Mother
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2017
I''m not giving much away by quoting a stranger the author met as a grown-up on his mission to find the family he lost at age 5. Finding his former home unoccupied and having no idea where to look next, he encountered a man who said to him, "Wait here. I will take you to... See more
I''m not giving much away by quoting a stranger the author met as a grown-up on his mission to find the family he lost at age 5. Finding his former home unoccupied and having no idea where to look next, he encountered a man who said to him, "Wait here. I will take you to your mother."

At age 5, Saroo Brierley fell asleep on a train in India and couldn''t find his way home. By luck he was placed in an orphanage and adopted by an Australian couple. He spent years combing his memory of places and landmarks in India, tracing them on Google Earth from his home in Australia, and finally solving the mysteries of how he got lost, traveling back to India, and finding his way home. As the title says, "ALong Way Home."

This may be the most fascinating book I ever read. I couldn''t put it down, even though I myself have never been to India or Australia. It is an amazing story.
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A Gotta read
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2017
I put off reading this book for fear it would be mostly a tale of abuse and a condemnation of Indian people. Well, I was wrong. While there are disturbing parts, necessary to the story, the spirit of this very young child helped me through. And the caring nature of most of... See more
I put off reading this book for fear it would be mostly a tale of abuse and a condemnation of Indian people. Well, I was wrong. While there are disturbing parts, necessary to the story, the spirit of this very young child helped me through. And the caring nature of most of the people he meets reflects my own interactions with the people of India. You have just Gotta read this story!
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Peeki
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This is the book behind the movie Lion.
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2018
This is a fascinating, terrifying book--the true story of a five-year-old boy in India who get lost and manages to survive because he came from poverty and a very loving home. He was able to eat garbage left behind by others and to sleep on the street, in train stations,... See more
This is a fascinating, terrifying book--the true story of a five-year-old boy in India who get lost and manages to survive because he came from poverty and a very loving home. He was able to eat garbage left behind by others and to sleep on the street, in train stations, etc. He was so young that he didn''t know the correct pronunciation of his home town or even his own name. A great stroke of luck enabled him to be adopted by a couple in Australia who raised him to be every bit an Australian but proud of being Indian. This is a Young Adult book, easy to read but worth the time you''ll spend on it.
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Inspiration, Love and Dedication
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
Everyone can benefit from going on this amazing journey with a young man who exhibits tenacity, resolve and grace in his search for his birth family and his devotion to both his adopted and birth families.
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Susan Towers
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It is an interesting memoir about an Indian orphan boy ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2017
It is an interesting memoir about an Indian orphan boy who, quite young, managed to survive alone in India and end up getting adopted by an Australian family. Through determination and an understanding of Google Maps, once grown, he managed to find his village, and family,... See more
It is an interesting memoir about an Indian orphan boy who, quite young, managed to survive alone in India and end up getting adopted by an Australian family. Through determination and an understanding of Google Maps, once grown, he managed to find his village, and family, in India after so many years. The story may be inspirational for some, and shows how even a small child can have wherewithal and an intuition to avoid disaster. It also shows the faith of his mother who never gave up on him.
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S. Todd
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You will sit down and read this book and cry and marvel at the kindness of strangers and genuinely be so very happy for Saroo and his ''expanding'' family
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2017
Saroo is not a professional writer. Yet, having traveled to India myself several times and having seen and traveled in the same way that young Shuru did, I was completely mesmerized. We had seen the movie "Lion" and it was the first movie that brought me to tears... See more
Saroo is not a professional writer. Yet, having traveled to India myself several times and having seen and traveled in the same way that young Shuru did, I was completely mesmerized. We had seen the movie "Lion" and it was the first movie that brought me to tears in a very long time. As a result, I ordered the book / memoirs right after seeing the film. The book, even in its slightly stilted, and at times slow prose, absolutely engulfed me and brought my own memories of the sub-continent to my tear ducts! You will sit down and read this book and cry and marvel at the kindness of strangers and genuinely be so very happy for Saroo and his ''expanding'' family!
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Agnesa
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An astonishing story of a child lost on an Indian train and the miracle that presents itself.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2021
Really an unputdownable story of a small, illiterate boy accidentally abandoned on a train which took him to the other side of the Indian sub-continent and ultimately to adoption in Australia. You wouldn''t read about it! yet here it is - what a marvellous true story of...See more
Really an unputdownable story of a small, illiterate boy accidentally abandoned on a train which took him to the other side of the Indian sub-continent and ultimately to adoption in Australia. You wouldn''t read about it! yet here it is - what a marvellous true story of truly remarkable synchronicities which one might be forgiven in calling a miracle. The generosity of spirit shown by the couple who adopted such an unknown waif really shows the very best of human nature, and their support in helping their now adult son in tracking down his original village is hugely heartwarming. Restored my failing faith in humanity!
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auldlangsyne
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Amazing story and a must read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2014
Read a review on this back in June and held off buying until I went on holiday in November. I can''t tell you how much I enjoyed thie simplicity of the writing (a man writing through a child''s eyes). It had me smiling, it had me in tears. There were no twists to his tale,...See more
Read a review on this back in June and held off buying until I went on holiday in November. I can''t tell you how much I enjoyed thie simplicity of the writing (a man writing through a child''s eyes). It had me smiling, it had me in tears. There were no twists to his tale, just a great read. I have just this minute ordered two paperback copies to give as presents to friends - a first for me. From someone who doesn''t read autobiographies, buy it!
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Calm and Deeply-Moving Tale of Our Time.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2017
A sensational story, yet calmly told - all the more significant and affecting for this. The filmed version takes a few liberties, but not many at all - and it remains true to the extraordinary sense of self-preservation that the author has. I saw the film first - but chose...See more
A sensational story, yet calmly told - all the more significant and affecting for this. The filmed version takes a few liberties, but not many at all - and it remains true to the extraordinary sense of self-preservation that the author has. I saw the film first - but chose this edition of the book to read, very much to keep the little boy that Saroo was, on the cover, in mind.
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Sarah
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Beautifully written amazing life story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2017
very well written true life story of amazing events which turned an unfortunate incident into a life changing experience. Saroo survived by the skin of his teeth and the intervention of a handful of kind hearted strangers. It is poignant especially in light of the majority...See more
very well written true life story of amazing events which turned an unfortunate incident into a life changing experience. Saroo survived by the skin of his teeth and the intervention of a handful of kind hearted strangers. It is poignant especially in light of the majority of lost children who did and do not have such a happy outcome.
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Highly recommended..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2018
Saw the film and decided to read the book. Beautifully written and you can feel his description of hunger when he was a child. Very educational.
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