The Year of the Runaways is about illegal immigration to the UK, the stories of different families who struggle to build a new life in a new country. It is Sanjeev's second novel and in 2016 was awarded the Encore award for the most outstanding second novel of the year, as well as the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature. The Derbyshire born novelist's first book was Ours are the Streets.
Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport said: "With the European Union Prize for Literature we shine the spotlight on emerging literary talents from all over Europe. We recognise the importance of the European book sector and help authors, publishers, translators and booksellers reach new readers across borders and offer readers more choice. I extend my warmest congratulations to all this year's prize winners."
Commissioner Navracsics, high-level representatives of the European Parliament and of the Maltese Council Presidency of the EU will present the awards at a ceremony in Brussels on 23 May.
The EUPL was launched by the European Commission in 2009 and is funded through its Creative Europe programme aimed at the cultural and creative sectors.