Sunjeev Sahota, 34, an Indian-origin and Derbyshire-born British author is shortlisted amongst the 6 top writers for the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize for the fiction. The award is provided every year to the ‘best original novel’, written in the English language, and published in the UK. It was formerly known as the Booker-McConnell Prize or simply known as the Booker Prize.
Since its inception in 1969, only Commonwealth, Irish and Zimbabwean citizens were entitled to receive the award; in 2013, however, this eligibility was extended to any English language novel.
Mr. Sahota’s ‘The Year of the Runaways’ is the second novel by the British author, and was published in June 2015. The novel focuses on the experiences of migrant workers in Britain. The story revolves around 13 young men who are living in the Sheffield city, UK and are desperate to move-off in want to look for a new life.