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Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways is very topical, dealing with the lives of illegal and semi-legal migrants to the UK. But topicality does not guarantee that a novel is any good. In this novel, Sahota introduces us to a number of Indian migrants who have ended up in Sheffield and London. Principally, we follow Randeep, Avtar and Tochi as they embark on a new life. Avtar is on a student visa but has no intention of studying; Tochi arrived hidden in a lorry, and Randeep has hit the jackpot with a marriage of convenience to Narinder, a British woman of Indian heritage. They struggle
Ours Are The Streets is supposed to be the legacy of a suicide bomber; a confession and an explanation for his family. As such, Sunjeev Sahota has striven to cerate an authentic and distinctive first person narration. Unfortunately, the voice doesn't quite convince. Firstly, Sahota seems to have become caught between writing a transcript of a voice to camera and a written legacy. Both the style and the accompanying narrative slips from one to the other. The narrative variously directs comments to specific individuals and then describes those individuals in the third person as though they were