What’s better than a story about a convict breaking out of an Australian maximum security prison, escaping to Bombay, establishing himself in the underworld of a slum lord’s mafia all while finding spiritual enlightenment and establishing a medical clinic? How about it be the author’s real life story.

shantaramThat’s right, Shantaram is based off the Gregory David’s Roberts actual life and it is incredible. I reads like a novel written from the main character’s first person perspective, and in additional to being one of the best books I’ve ever read, multiple (unacquainted) friends have told me it’s their favorite book they’ve ever read. It’s easy to read and there’s plenty of action right from the beginning making it the perfect book to unwind and relax to by the pool or at the beach.

Check out Shantaram here.