Marriage Material giveaway
We're giving away 50 copies of Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera, an epic tale of family, love, and politics spanning the 20th century. Told with humour, tenderness and insight by one of Britain's most promising young writers, it was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.
To Arjan Banga, returning to the Black Country after the unexpected death of his father, his family's corner shop represents everything he has tried to leave behind – a lethargic pace of life, insular rituals and ways of thinking. But when his mother insists on keeping the shop open, he finds himself being dragged back, forced into big decisions about his imminent marriage back in London and uncovering the history of his broken family – the betrayals and loyalties, loves and regrets that played out in the shop over more than fifty years.
Taking inspiration from Arnold Bennett's classic novel The Old Wives' Tale, Marriage Material tells the story of three generations through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop – itself a microcosm of the South Asian experience in the country: a symbol of independence and integration, but also of darker realities. Marriage Material manages to be both a unique and urgent survey of modern Britain, and a funny and ingenious reimagining of a classic work of fiction.
To find out more, you can download an extract of the book here, or apply for a free copy now (see below). We will post on the thread once all the copies have gone.
About the Author
Sathnam Sanghera was born in 1976. He is an award-winning writer for The Times. His first book, The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award and the 2009 PEN/Ackerley Prize, was named 2009 Mind Book of the Year and was a World Book Night 2014 book. Marriage Material is his first novel.
This giveaway closes Tuesday 27 May, so apply now.