(Un)arranged Marriage, Paperback Book
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MANNY WANTS TO BE A FOOTBALLER. OR A POP STAR. OR WRITE A BESTSELLER. HE DOESN'T WANT TO GET MARRIED... 'Harry and Ranjit were waiting for me - waiting to take me to Derby, to a wedding.

My wedding. A wedding that I hadn't asked for, that I didn't want.

To a girl who I didn't know... If they had bothered to open their eyes, they would have seen me: seventeen, angry, upset but determined - determined to do my own thing, to choose my own path in life...'Set partly in the UK and partly in the Punjab region of India, this is a fresh, bitingly perceptive and totally up-to-the-minute look at one young man's fight to free himself from family expectations and to be himself, free to dance to his own tune.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780552547345

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The story is about how Manny plans to get out of an arranged marriage to a girl he has never seen at the age of 17. His parents are lower-middle class Punjabi’s who have migrated to England and are completely uninterested in educating their children, only getting them all married at the age of 17 to girls or boys from India.Manny goes to a government school and his best friend is black while his girlfriend is white. His father believes that mixing with anyone other than Asians is a no-no. At home he is beaten by his father. He also hates his second brother with whom he has to share a room. Manny eventually goes to India with his family. They leave him there to learn the Indian way. He is ‘rescued’ by his Uncle, the black-sheep of the family. When he returns to England he plans his escape from his family.

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