The story of Sathnam Sanghara who when asked why he did not fictionalise his story instead of laying bare such intimate details of his family's life simply stated he 'absolutely had to write a memoir' #1.This is the tale of a young man of Punjabi descent for whom growing up in Wolverhampton in the eighties is a confusing business until aged twenty four he makes a discovery that changes everything.
Thought of as a beautifully written and important book for Sikhs by one site #2, The Boy With The Topknot (subtitled A Memoir Of Love, Secrets, And Lies In Wolverhampton) is an award winning book regarded by many as a hilarious and heart-rending reinvention of the modern British memoir. #3
Seemingly well received, at the time of writing of the 187 reviews on Amazon.co.uk not one reader rated it less than three stars out of five, many thought of it as a book that despite delving into issues of mental health had the ability to leave them laughing out loud, that though about the life of a British Asian it managed to captivate a much wider audience. #3
On the other hand, felt by others that whilst it was engaging as a memoir the authors own neurosis had the power to irritate #4, that at times it read a little like lad's mag journalism #5. As always its up to the individual to read it and make up their own mind.
#4 COLIN MULHERN
#5 PENGUINS READERS GROUP
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