Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Lion: A Long Way Home

By Saroo Brierley

  • Release Date: 2013-06-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 533 Ratings
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A true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, as seen on 60 Minutes
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.
Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.
Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.
A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story that celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit - hope.

'We urge you to step behind the headlines and have a read of this absorbing account ... With clear recollections and good old-fashioned storytelling, Saroo ... recalls the fear of being lost and the anguish of separation.' Weekly Review

'A remarkable story ... [Brierley] provides an informative and fascinating insight into how Third World families live with, and somehow survive, their poverty.' Saturday Age
'????? I literally could not put this book down ... [Saroo's] return journey will leave you weeping with joy and the strength of the human spirit.' Manly Daily
'A feel-good read about a remarkable journey.'� Sun-Herald
'As well as the tale of his quest, he provides an informative and fascinating insight into how Third World families live with, and somehow survive, their poverty.' The Age

'An incredible story of how one boy survived and prevailed through extreme circumstances to change his fortunes.'


  • Inspiration .. determination and courage

    By Shaza59
    I read this book in a day after watching the no vid I couldn’t put it down. What an amazing man
  • Lion Photos

    By belle 2006
    Does this book include Photos?
  • Great Book

    By St1d1
    This is the first book I've read in nearly 10 years and I couldn't put this down. Such a well written story.
  • Amazing!

    By ferhat esen
    I can not find any words to describe this book even if it was not true story i would have give it 5 star definitely recommended!
  • Brilliant

    By Megan pasha
    A must read
  • Lion A Long Way Home

    By Ta Naki
    A great read. Cannot wait to see the movie. R
  • Lion, a truly moving experience.

    By hoove47
    After hearing about the film and the book from which is was made, I decided to read the book first and read about Saroo's recalled experiences. The book is a real tear jerker and Saroo's survival a remarkable story of survival, tenacity and human love. Saroo is now doubly blessed, as are we who got to share his amazing journey. Thank you Saroo for sharing your story. I have not yet seen the film.
  • Val Teare

    By Once Were Workers
    A beautifully written true story that I couldn't put down. One of the best, if not the best, biography I have ever read as the reader becomes as one with the author, experiencing his emotions at every turn of the page. The invisible threads that bind and guide us, never cease to amaze me. Absolutely incredible!
  • Lion - a long way from home

    By Noahjackjamie
    What a beautiful story. Heartbreaking to see how Saroo got lost from his family, but also heart warming when he found a different life in another continent. He never forgot his biological family and this is the story of how he found them. Highly recommend reading this.
  • A real tearjerker

    By thatgelofellow
    Opted to read the book before watching the film after a friend decided to watch it without me... BEST DECISION EVER. As always with book versions, the extra details and the imagery