The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera

The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera

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For the author, growing up in Wolverhampton in the eighties was a confusing business. On the one hand, these were the heady days of George Michael mix-tapes, Dallas on TV and, if he was lucky, the occasional Bounty Bar. This title tells his story.
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"The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton" is a hilarious and heart-rending reinvention of the modern British memoir. "It's 1979, I'm three years old, and like all breakfast times during my youth it begins with Mum combing my hair, a ritual for which I have to sit down on the second-hand, floral-patterned settee, and lean forward, like I'm presenting myself for execution." For Sathnam Sanghera, growing up in Wolverhampton in the eighties was a confusing business. On the one hand, these were the heady days of George Michael mix-tapes, Dallas on TV and, if he was lucky, the occasional Bounty Bar. On the other, there was his wardrobe of tartan smocks, his 30p-an-hour job at the local sewing factory and the ongoing challenge of how to tie the perfect top-knot. And then there was his family, whose strange and often difficult behaviour he took for granted until, at the age of twenty-four, Sathnam made a discovery that changed everything he ever thought he knew about them. Equipped with breathtaking courage and a glorious sense of humour, he embarks on a journey into their extraordinary past - from his father's harsh life in rural Punjab to the steps of the Wolverhampton Tourist Office - trying to make sense of a life lived among secrets. Praise for "The Boy with the Topknot": "I absolutely loved it. Heartbreaking and wonderful. He writes beautifully". (Maggie O'Farrell). "Could not be more enjoyable, engaging or moving". ("Observer"). "Tragic, funny and disturbing. It will challenge you, and may even change you". (Carole Angier, "Independent"). Sathnam Sanghera was born in 1976. He is an award-winning journalist who was previously chief feature writer at "The Financial Times" and now works for "The Times". He lives in London. Published in hardback as "If You Don't Know Me by Now".

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SKU GOR001239482
Title The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton
Author By (author) Sathnam Sanghera
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2009
Number of Pages 336
ISBN 10 0141028599
ISBN 13 9780141028590
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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"The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton" is a hilarious and heart-rending reinvention of the modern British memoir. "It's 1979, I'm three years old, and like all breakfast times during my youth it begins with Mum combing my hair, a ritual for which I have to sit down on the second-hand, floral-patterned settee, and lean forward, like I'm presenting myself for execution." For Sathnam Sanghera, growing up in Wolverhampton in the eighties was a confusing business. On the one hand, these were the heady days of George Michael mix-tapes, Dallas on TV and, if he was lucky, the occasional Bounty Bar. On the other, there was his wardrobe of tartan smocks, his 30p-an-hour job at the local sewing factory and the ongoing challenge of how to tie the perfect top-knot. And then there was his family, whose strange and often difficult behaviour he took for granted until, at the age of twenty-four, Sathnam made a discovery that changed everything he ever thought he knew about them. Equipped with breathtaking courage and a glorious sense of humour, he embarks on a journey into their extraordinary past - from his father's harsh life in rural Punjab to the steps of the Wolverhampton Tourist Office - trying to make sense of a life lived among secrets. Praise for "The Boy with the Topknot": "I absolutely loved it. Heartbreaking and wonderful. He writes beautifully". (Maggie O'Farrell). "Could not be more enjoyable, engaging or moving". ("Observer"). "Tragic, funny and disturbing. It will challenge you, and may even change you". (Carole Angier, "Independent"). Sathnam Sanghera was born in 1976. He is an award-winning journalist who was previously chief feature writer at "The Financial Times" and now works for "The Times". He lives in London. Published in hardback as "If You Don't Know Me by Now".
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR001239482
Title The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton
Author By (author) Sathnam Sanghera
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2009
Number of Pages 336
ISBN 10 0141028599
ISBN 13 9780141028590
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No