Little, Brown will publish a sequel to Gregory David Roberts' Shantaram this October, 10 years after the release of the original.
The Mountain Shadow will get a global publication on 13th October, with Little, Brown publishing across the UK and Commonwealth, and Pan Macmillan releasing it in Australia.
Shantaram, Roberts' 944-page debut, was based on the author's own experiences of life on the run in the Bombay underworld. The new novel picks up the story of Lin two years after the events of Shantaram, in a changed Bombay, where Lin is searching for love and faith. In terms of length, The Mountain Shadow is said to be "substantial, much like Shantaram."
Antonia Hodgson, editor-in-chief of Little, Brown UK said: "The Mountain Shadow has everything you could wish for from a great novel and everything we have come to expect from the genius behind Shantaram. It has the pace and action of a thriller, but it is also profound and moving. When I first published Shantaram I knew with absolute clarity that it would become a classic. Ten years on it has sold four million copies worldwide – and changed many lives along the way. The Mountain Shadow doesn’t just continue the story – it tells us something new about love, life and faith. It’s wonderful. I can’t wait for people to read it."
Roberts revealed last year that he was working on the book, hoping for publication by end of 2014.
Shantaram has recorded sales of 412,411 copies across all editions via Nielsen BookScan in the UK.