Publication Date: 24th June 2013
Book Source: Penguin Aust & NetGalley
Synopsis: When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.
A Long Way Home is a moving 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.
I found the television piece particularly touching, obviously time constraints limited coverage so it was interesting, although not quite as emotionally compelling to read Saroo's detailed story. A Long Way Home is a very simply written recount of Saroo's memories and amazing against-the-odds journey. What a truly joyful outcome!
I recently watched Saroo's inspirational story on 60 Minutes and was so emotionally moved that when I saw his book on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it.
In 1986 a 5 year old Indian boy became lost, a train ride and 1800 kilometres separating him from his family and home town. Surviving the streets of Calcutta at such a young age was nothing short of a miracle but Saroo was blessed with more than one miracle. Taken in by Mrs Sood of the Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption (ISSA) and adopted by the Brierley's a remarkable Australian couple from Tasmania.
The motto of the ISSA ... is: "Somewhere a child is waiting. Somewhere a family is waiting. We at ISSA bring them together."
Encouraged by the love of his Australian family, his own belief, unwavering tenacity and Google Earth, Saroo was reunited with his dear mother and Indian family, 25 years after being separated.
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