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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line (Hardback)
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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 30/01/2020
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Three weeks ago I was only a schoolkid but now I'm a detective and also a tea-shop boy... 'A brilliant debut' Ian McEwan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Atonement 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. 'Djinn Patrol is storytelling at its best.' Anne Enright, Booker-prize winning author of The Gathering 'A wonderful, energetic book filled with humour and pathos. Charming, sensitive and deeply moving' Nathan Filer, Costa Prize-winning author of The Shock of the Fall 'A moving and confident novel about the preciousness of life. The storytelling is distinctive and immersive' Nikesh Shukla, author and editor of The Good Immigrant 'A magnificent achievement: the endeavours of the Djinn Patrol offer us a captivating world of wit, warmth and heartbreak, beautifully crafted through a child's unique perspective' Mahesh Rao, author of The Smoke Is Rising 'The children at the heart of this story will stay with you long after you turn the last page... a wonderful debut' Christie Watson, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Language of Kindness

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784743086
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm


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"Djinn Patrol is storytelling at its best. The prose is not just sympathetic, vivid, and beautifully detailed, but also completely assured and deft. We care about these characters from the first page and our concern for them is richly repaid" -- Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering
"A brilliant debut" -- Ian McEwan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Atonement
"Deepa Anappara is a writer of considerable talent. This is a wonderful, energetic book filled with humour and pathos. Charming, sensitive and deeply moving" -- Nathan Filer, Costa Prize-winning author of The Shock of the Fall
"In this thrilling reading experience, Deepa Anappara creates a drama of childhood that is as wild as it is intimate. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is an entertaining, wonderful debut" -- Chigozie Obioma, Booker-prize shortlisted author of An Orchestra of Minorities
"A moving and confident novel about the preciousness of life. The storytelling is distinctive and immersive" -- Nikesh Shukla, author and editor of The Good Immigrant
"The children at the heart of this story will stay with you long after you turn the last page... a wonderful debut" -- Christie Watson, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Language of Kindness
"Extraordinarily good, deeply moving and thought provoking with brilliant characterisation. A very important book" -- Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
"Informed by her times as a journalist in Mumbai and Delhi, Deepa Anappara's debut is a fine portrait of modern-day India... an utterly convincing voice-lively, cheeky and irrepressible... Anappara skilfully reveals the harsh reality that lies just beyond Jai's understanding of his world" -- Alice O'Keeffe * Bookseller *
"A story full of humor, warmth, and heartbreak ... Jai's voice is irresistible: funny, vivid, smart, and yet always believably a child's point of view ... Engaging characters, bright wit, and compelling storytelling make a tale that's bleak at its core and profoundly moving" * Kirkus, starred review *
"A stunningly original tale. I stayed up late every night until I finished, reluctant to part from Deepa Anappara's heart-stealing characters" -- Etaf Rum, New York Times bestselling author of A Woman Is No Man
"A magnificent achievement: the endeavours of the Djinn Patrol offer us a captivating world of wit, warmth and heartbreak, beautifully crafted through a child's unique perspective" -- Mahesh Rao, author of The Smoke is Rising
"A profoundly emphatic work of creative genius that will stay with you forever" -- Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing
"Created from whole cloth, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is a richly textured rendition of a world little seen in Indian literature. There is no desire to smooth and tidy in fiction what is untidy in life, but instead there is a pay off for the reader in a story that is as quietly troubling as it is convincing" -- Mridula Koshy, author of Not Only the Things That Have Happened

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“Slumdog Millionaire meets To Kill a Mockingbird”

A vibrant, page-turning child’s-eye depiction of life in a slum on the outskirts of an unidentified North Indian metropolis, it’s impossible not to think of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire when reading Djinn Patrol... More

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