About the Book
A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight
years in the Bombay underworld.
'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a
Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He
found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was
slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan . . . Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after
prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower . . . At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love
saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.' Time Out
About the Author
Gregory David Roberts was born in Melbourne in 1952. After surviving the events dealt with in Shantaram, he was captured in Germany in 1990and eventually extradited to Australia. On completing his prison sentence, he established a small multi-media company and is now a full-timewriter. He is currently working on The Mountain Shadow, a sequel to Shantaram, being the continuing adventures of Lin, Karla and all the othercharacters still standing at the end of Shantaram, and with a host of new characters and locations in Europe and West Asia.