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
  • "Informed by her times as a journalist in Mumbai and Delhi, Deepa Anappara’s debut is a fine portrait of modern-day India… an utterly convincing voice–lively, cheeky and irrepressible… Anappara skilfully reveals the harsh reality that lies just beyond Jai’s understanding of his world"

    Alice O'Keeffe, Bookseller
  • "A story full of humor, warmth, and heartbreak … Jai's voice is irresistible: funny, vivid, smart, and yet always believably a child's point of view … Engaging characters, bright wit, and compelling storytelling make a tale that's bleak at its core and profoundly moving"

    Kirkus, starred review
  • "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