Sunjeev Sahota

Sunjeev Sahota | Photo by Simon Revill

Sunjeev Sahota, born 1981, is the British author of Sikh origin whose debut novel Ours Are the Streets (2011), written at evenings and weekends due to paid employment obligation, tells the story of a British-Pakistani youth’s path to becoming a suicide bomber. Granta named him one of its best young British writers in 2013. His novel The Year of the Runaways (2015) won the European Union Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the prestige Man Booker Prize in 2017.

Outstanding awards and distinctions

  • 2017 – European Prize for Literature
  • 2017 – shortlisted for Man Booker Prize



  • Ours Are the Streets (2011)
  • The Year of the Runaways (2015)
  • China Room (2021)


Books by Sunjeev Sahota

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