Shantaram - Gregory David RobertsShantaram is the book to top all books. When you finish the last page you will cry, not because the ending is happy or sad or unbelievable but simply because it is over (I finished reading on the tube and I cried even more because I hadn’t done it justice by not finishing such an exquisitely written story in a more exquisite place). Shantaram ruined all other books for me: it is writing that I measure all other writing against.

Set in 1980s Bombay (now Mumbai), India.

Recommended by @LauraBeresford1.

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