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Sunjeev Sahota - longlisted author interview

Sunjeev Sahota - longlisted author interview

In the latest in our series of interviews with Man Booker Prize 2015 longlisted authors, we speak to Sunjeev Sahota author of The Year of the Runaways:

What has it been like to be longlisted?

Wonderful. I feel incredibly fortunate, and very happy that my work will now find more readers.

What are you working on next?

I’m not sure, but I think it’ll be a shorter work, and may have a fantastical premise.

What are you reading at the moment?

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories​ by Lucia Berlin. It’s tremendous.

What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

The Line of Beauty.

The Year of the Runaways is a particularly timely book centred on immigrants in Sheffield. Can it rightly be called a political novel?

Perhaps, and I don’t have any problem with the term, and the book does concern itself with ideas of goodness and allegiance and sacrifice, which, these days, are increasingly politicised notions. That said, I never set out to write any particular kind of novel, or for the work to have any sort of rationale. My main wish was only to write a novel that felt alive and might enthral the reader.

Sunjeev Sahota