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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Runaways, written by Fatima Bhutto and read by Maya Sayora.  

Anita lives in Karachi's biggest slum. Her mother is a maalish wali, paid to massage the tired bones of rich women. But Anita's life will change forever when she meets her elderly neighbour, a man whose shelves of books promise an escape to a different world. On the other side of Karachi lives Monty, whose father owns half the city and expects great things of him. But when a beautiful and rebellious girl joins his school, Monty will find his life going in a very different direction.   

Sunny's father left India and went to England to give his son the opportunities he never had. Yet Sunny doesn't fit in anywhere. It's only when his charismatic cousin comes back into his life that he realises his life could hold more possibilities than he ever imagined.   

These three lives will cross in the desert, a place where life and death walk hand in hand, and where their closely guarded secrets will force them to make a terrible choice.

©2019 Fatima Bhutto (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Maria Storhaug-Meyer
  • 15-04-2019

Beautiful on the struggle for acceptance

This is a thought-provoking and critical, brutal and honest, horrible and absolutely beautiful story about three very different people who, for very different reasons, go to Iraq to fight a holy war. Three young people who are invisible each in their own way, struggling for acceptance in the midst of conflicting ideals, discrimination and prejudice, hypocricy, betrayal and love. Each trying to find their way to freedom and integrity. Western cultures like to think they "own" the ideals of integrity and freedom, and their definition, but this novel shows that the strive for integrity and freedom is universal and that it can be sought for/found in what might seem like the most unlikely places, all depending on your situation. A lot of literture and movies on war is very graphic, sometimes social-pornographic. This is NOT the case here, still it portrays the brutality of it very well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-2021

very difficult to follow

hard to follow. story line lacking. disjointed. author did not make me feel as though I was there.

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  • Svenja
  • 31-03-2019

Excellent read

I really enjoyed this book and I believe it is an important read for ours times. I heard it recommended on the High Low podcast and listening to the author speak about this topic was fascinating. The book shows the different sides to radicalisation and the way in which young people can be drawn into terrorism. A great read, gripping and I finished it in 3 days.

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  • Ghazala
  • 25-09-2019

Really gripping and a wonderful story

I loved this book and the stories of the characters and their lives complicated by the innocence of their youth and the struggle to find an identity.

The narrator’s mispronunciations were off putting and a real let down but story had me so invested that I didn’t let it spoil my enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-2021

Gripping !

An absolutely gripping tale and a trio of characters.
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  • Mrs C Tayler
  • 14-05-2020

First audible book

Good narrator, enjoyable journey but as I suspected the ending was disappointing, what happened to the other two characters

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