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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

Three weeks ago I was only a schoolkid, but now I’m a detective and also a tea-shop boy....

Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job).

When a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find him. With Pari and Faiz by his side, Jai ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the sprawling Indian city, the bazaar at night and even the railway station at the end of the Purple Line. But kids continue to vanish, and the trio must confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and soul-snatching djinns in order to uncover the truth.

©2019 Deepa Anappara (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

‘'A moving and confident novel about the preciousness of life." (Nikesh Shukla)

"A brilliant debut." (Ian McEwan)

"Djinn Patrol is storytelling at its best." (Anne Enright, Booker-prize winning author of The Gathering)

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  • Vivienne
  • 01-02-2020

A Powerful Novel Giving Voice to the Children

This was a moving, powerful novel that through the voices of the children living in the poorest sections of an Indian city confronts a horrific reality in the disappearance of children. It was in places painful to read but I felt an important novel that deserves a wide readership.

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  • Hamza Jahanzeb
  • 12-02-2020

A perfect part coming-of-age, part detective story

I absolutely loved this audiobook after having enjoyed reading the book. Listen to it now!

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  • Gary B.
  • 25-08-2020

Rarely heard voice in literature

Something about the innocence and kindness of the narrator made this very sad story tolerable and even hopeful; forgotten and ignored children are the centrepiece here and I am better for having listened to 'their' story.

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  • R. Thakrar
  • 14-10-2020

An insight to the slums through a 9 year old boy

Interesting take on the dark side of India's poorest communities through the eyes of Jai, a nine year old boy. I enjoyed listening to the story and how Jai applied his own innocent logic and reasoning to the often dark activities he encounters within the book. The audio performance was good and kept me drawn into the characters.