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
  • "Deepa Anappara’s richly textured and delightfully observed debut evokes the sights and sounds of a sprawling Indian city. Every detail rings true... Day-to-day life in the slums has such vitality that you immediately warm to the residents, with their resilience and dry humour"

    Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday
  • "A brilliant debut"

    Ian McEwan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Atonement
  • "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
  • "Anappara brings [the bazaar] brilliantly to vibrant, chaotic life... The amateur detectives and their schemes are utterly winning, effervescing off the page, but the tone gradually darkens as more children disappear, reflecting terrible actual statistics... [A] stand-out debut"

    Daily Mail
  • "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 vivid, compelling debut that mixes Jai’s joie de vivre with a menacing truth about the shockingly precarious lives of poor children who go missing every day in India"

    Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express
  • "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
  • "Irresistibly brimming with character and personality, I couldn’t stop picking it up for the bright lights of the writing. I also love the fact that it addresses an important issue while opening a window on everyday life in India. Wonderful."

    Diana Evans
  • "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