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For Sathnam Sanghera, growing up in Wolverhampton in the '80s was a confusing business. On the one hand, these were the heady days of George Michael mixtapes, Dallas on TV and, if he was lucky, the occasional Bounty Bar. There was his family, whose strange and often difficult behaviour he took for granted until, at the age of 24, Sathnam made a discovery that changed everything he ever thought he knew about them.

©2008 Sathnam Sanghera (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Interesting glimpse into Anglo-Sikh culture

I loved this book which is the true story of how the author learnt about his family’s history after they moved from India to Wolverhampton in the 1970’s. Sanghera tells how, as a young boy who was born and raised in the UK he, at first, misunderstood many of his mother’s beliefs and the Sikh ways of living. He has a great sense of loyalty to his parents which makes it very difficult for him to explain to them that he does not want to be part of a traditional Sikh arranged marriage. In the process of trying to understand his family he realises that all is not well with his father who, Sanghera eventually discovers, is suffering from schizophrenia.
He decides to write the story of his family and in the process of researching this discovers many more family secrets. What I particularly enjoyed was the story of his mother who turns out to be a true heroine of the quiet and, until now, unsung type.
I listen to the audio version of this and was very impressed with the narrator who had a lovely, gentle west midland accent. This along with the way that the pace of the story picked up as the author found himself in every deeper intrigues made it both enjoyable and fascinating.

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Beautiful story

Absolutely love the story - it's witty, sharp, emotionally so astute & moving while still light-hearted. The narrator felt a little disconnected from the story which was a shame, but top marks for the book.

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wow

I have so many feelings with regards to this book.
Beautifully written.
l love it.

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learned about 2 subjects while enjoying the book

loved it. didn't want it to end. learned about cultural issues as well as schizophrenia. the writing was engaging and the delivery perfect. highly recommend.

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Interesring&boring

The book was interesting and informative but far tooooooooooooo loooooooong. Sometimes the author went on and on and on forever ,talking about something very insignificant. Consequently, tooo many details made the story line stagnating.

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slow moving and little outcome but lots of insight into Punjabi life in Wolverhampton interacting with being Western

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Gives brilliant insight into psychosis

A brilliant insight into family life with Schizophrenia, so much felt familiar dispite cultural differences.