A Long Way Home - Saroo Brierley

A Long Way Home

By Saroo Brierley

  • Release Date: 2014-06-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 319 Ratings


First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #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.


  • A great read!!!

    By Pomaah
    The first non-Christian book I have read in a long time! I couldn't put down this book. Very emotional as well as intriguing. I normally will read a book in a month😳. I read this book in 4days; playing wife and Mommy at the same time🤔🤔
  • Amazing moving story

    By Stevoparis
    The book is always better than the movie isn't it? Amazing moving story that will definitely bring you to tears. Of course it makes you wonder how many thousands of other children across the world share a similar story but without the happy ending. My prayers go out to them.
  • Among the best books ever written

    By german1978
    This story has gripped me and enslaved me, I could not put the book down, I read it in 3 days (a new record) it has engulfed me with emotions of both despair and hope. This book has done a number on me. What a great unique story of survival, this book was so well written it flows like a river
  • Love it

    By KesiaQuilantan
    A must read that's all I have to say. Saroo made me cry and rejoice with him through the reading.
  • A long way home

    By Djamei
    Great book! A page turner book.
  • loved it……...

    loved it…what an incredible journey...
  • Wow

    By LannaBnana
    What a wonderful and remarkable story all in one. I absolutely couldn't put it down. I read it in two nights. Watch the movie, Lion, and read the book both. This is an inspirational story that will keep you entranced with curiosity and wonder.
  • A compelling read

    By AbhaG73
    My mother is from MP (Indore), as are the parents of countless friends and cousins. Therein lies a special inclination to read this memoir. It is simplistically rendered and easy to follow. What I find most astounding is the recollection that the 5 year old Saroo was able to preserve and put to purposeful use two decades later. Without memories of waterways, winding streets and meager landmarks, coupled with 21st century social media and Google Earth, this young man would never have found his “long way home.” Incredible. Truly Incredible.