Reviews

  • "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
  • "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 dazzling journey into the heart of India and its most vulnerable citizens -- its impoverished and disenfranchised children. A novel at once brimming with the wonder of childhood innocence, and constrained by the heartache of living amidst injustice and prejudice. Deepa Anappara shows us a modern, dangerously divided India that has long needed to be seen"

    Nazanine Hozar, author of Aria