The Boy with the Topknot : A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, Paperback Book

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

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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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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 30 b/w photographs integrated
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780141028590

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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.My Thoughts:I have struggled with this book and haven’t got very far with it. The problem is it with me I think and not the book. I struggle with biographies and find that I don’t want to read about people prattling on about themselves.What was a positive for me was Wolverhampton. I live just ten minutes outside Wolverhampton and know very well all the landmarks that was mentioned, and the places where the author went. I can picture ‘The Man on the Oss’ and the author driving up the Dudley Road and can remember the fella with the radio who used to walk around the Mander Centre. We always called him ‘The Cowboy’So apart from Wolverhampton I didn’t really enjoy what I have read so far and I much enjoyed ‘Anita and Me’ by Meera Syal which is based on her childhood in the 70’s and ‘Toast’ by Nigel Slater.