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Shantaram (First Australian Edition)

Gregory David Roberts

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ISBN 10: 1920769005 / ISBN 13: 9781920769000
Published by Scribe, 2003
New Condition: New Hardcover
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Melbourne: Scribe [2003]. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New, unread, unopened. A tight clean undread copy. Near fine/near fine, with the only fault being two slightly bruised upper corners. This is the Australian edition, the true first edition in English, prior to the U.K. edition. The first is a projected series of four books based on the author's life experiences. This is the first state of the book. The first issue points are as follows: (1) The copyright page states: 'First Published in Australia and New Zealand by Scribe Publications 2003' (and there are no numbers indicating a print run, i.e., 123456789); (2) the correct author photo appears on the dust jacket, featuring the author in a white shirt (another photo was substituted in reprinted editions); (3) word SCRIBE on the inside rear dust jacket flap is not contained in brackets, as is the case in the reprint editions; and (4) the word MELBOURNE appears on rear inside dust jacket flap in this first state dust jacket (it does not appear in reprint editions). Bookseller Inventory # 1836

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Title: Shantaram (First Australian Edition)

Publisher: Scribe

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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In 1978, gifted student and writer Greg Roberts turned to heroin when his marriage collapsed, feeding his addiction with a string of robberies. Caught and convicted, he was given a nineteen-year sentence. After two years, he escaped from a maximum-security prison, spending the next ten years on the run as Australia's most wanted man. Hiding in Bombay, he established a medical clinic for slum-dwellers, worked in the Bollywood film industry and served time in the notorious Arthur Road prison. He was recruited by one of the most charismatic branches of the Bombay mafia for whom he worked as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler, and fought alongside a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. His debut novel, SHANTARAM, is based on this ten-year period of his life in Bombay. The result is an epic tale of slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films. A gripping adventure story, SHANTARAM is also a superbly written meditation on good and evil and an authentic evocation of Bombay life.

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