“A satirical masterpiece…  Sanghera is such an engaging and versatile writer that the pages fly by in a flurry of pathos, politics and paratha with extra butter.”
The Sunday Telegraph

“Funny and insightful… an engrossing, entertaining and rewarding read.”
The Daily Mail

“Mines rich veins… subtle and often very funny prose… delicately drawn…  deft sense of irony and self-awareness… tender and funny book… a cracking and pacy read.”
Meera Syal in The Observer

Smart, funny and melancholy.’  
Marie Claire

Marriage Material will take virtually no pages for you to be hooked.”
Harper’s Bazaar

“Humour, cultural relevance… brilliance.”

“A gem of a multi-generational novel… a funny and touching read… brilliant chapter structure… a superbly updated version of Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives’ Tale…. handled throughout with the lightest of touches, so that on reaching the end, you want to begin again to pick up the subtle nuances.”

“Sanghera brilliantly describes the sisters’ relationship… moving… ambitious… a hugely enjoyable read, packed with plot twists and laugh out loud set pieces but it is also tender and insightful.”
The Sunday Express

“With street-savvy humour, Sanghera takes us into the world of Bains Stores… This is gorgeous, grand-scale storytelling.” 
Sainbury’s Magazine

Marriage Material is a comic feast, full of delectable matter… a splendid debut.
Lisa Appignanesi, Paris Requiem

“The truth is complex. Sathnam Sanghera has given the [South Asian immigrant] narrative a whole new dimension with his sophisticated analysis of immigrant life in England in his two books… astute…  redolent with counter-cultural angst. .. Read on, for sheer pleasure.”
Bhupesh Bhandari, Business Standard

“Sanghera as a narrator never loses his dry wit, which makes Marriage Material engaging even it its less gripping sections…. He creates two terrific, strong women characters, both of whom you love, empathise with and admire as the novel progresses. Sanghera has a gift for crafting distinctive voices by giving each character their own, recognisable lingo…  His characters feel endearingly real…”
Deepanjana Pal, Firstpost.com

“Wonderfully engaging, full of heart and wit… rich and subtle.”
Susie Boyt, author of The Small Hours

“Wryly comical and immensely appealing… humane…. a tone of shrewdly humorous tolerance…. warm, keenly observant and immensely appealing.”
The Sunday Times

“Playful wit infuses the novel… Entertaining…important… absolutely fascinating.”
The Independent

“… funny and tender and scathing – but it’s insanely gripping as well…  A great achievement.”
Catherine O’Flynn, author of Costa-Prizewinning What Was Lost

dangerous material is handled with a darkly comic lightness of touch, and an impassively detached ironic tone… This book is so well researched you hardly notice the work that’s gone into it.”
Margaret Drabble in The Spectator 

“…an uncommonly accomplished debut novel…”

“Very good.. acute observation.. thoroughly imagined.. mastery of naturalistic detail.. generosity of tone.. reassuring and consoling.. acute about human frailty… It is often funny and its great merit is its humanity.”
The Scotsman

“… a fine novel…”
The Economist

“… well-observed… laugh-out-loud humour, which peppers the text even in the darker scenes… Acerbic yet affectionate, Marriage Material triumphs…”
The Times

“Fascinating, tongue-in-cheek…  gripping…  a touching, funny story.”
The Irish Examiner

“Loved it unconditionally. Insightful, educational, hilarious & wise. Thoroughly brilliant.”
Chris Cleave

“Jews and Sikhs. What’s the difference? Not much. Wonderful novel.”
Linda Grant

“… impressive…  bathetic humour…. much poignancy … Sanghera’s choice of Bennett as a model is in itself clever and amusing…  Kamaljit and Surinder’s story thickens the plot effectively, creates genuine suspense… a fascinatingly detailed portrait of immigration and integration during the 60s and 70s.”
The Guardian

“A smart, funny tale of immigrant life in the UK… captures a time of extraordinary changes… As the novel progresses, the stories collide and there are startling revelations, humour and mystery. It is smartly crafted… while also providing a thoughtful commentary on the casual racism of Britain…”
The Financial Times

“Old fashioned in all the best senses… very readable, full of sympathetic characters you like, every page gave me some kind of small pleasure… one of the things I loved about it is the gentle satirical edge, but deeper than the satire is the affection…”
Kevin Jackson, Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4

“There’s a particular pleasure in the novel that creeps up on you… moving and affecting… there is a really really fine novelist here.”
Kamila Shamsie, Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4




Beautifully vivid, poetic… frank and witty… affecting… fundamentally optimistic… fresh… appealing… funny… a wonderful read.”
James Naughtie, BBC Radio 4 Bookclub

As witty as David Lodge… as moving as Angela’s Ashes… one of the most important books written in the last ten years. It’s going to be part of the canon of how Britain sees itself.”
Francis Gilbert, A Good Read, BBC Radio 4

I absolutely loved it. Heartbreaking and wonderful. He writes beautifully.”
Maggie O’Farrell, author of After You’d Gone

Could not be more enjoyable, engaging or moving.
The Observer

“Tragic, funny and disturbing… will challenge you, and may even change you. In other words, it’s literature.”
The Independent

“Sensitive… tenacious… funny and revealing… warm, witty, neurotic, self-deprecating, wordplay-loving…”
The Sunday Times

“Gripping… elegant… there is no shred of misery or self-pity in this story, rather an endearing and intelligent humour which provokes honest laughter and absolute respect.”
The Daily Mail

“A rigorous and thoroughly intelligent rebooting of the misery memoir that recalls Dave Eggers’ ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’ and deserves to do as well.”
Time Out

“The mother of all memoirs… phenomenal… brave, honest and frequently hilarious… Read it.”

“A superbly observed account of his eccentric Asian upbringing in Wolverhampton…  a funny and touching look at the experience of second-generation immigrants from both inside and outside the bubble.”
Camilla Long, The Sunday Times Books of the Year, 2008

“A beautifully written and painfully truthful account of a life.”
Dorothy Rowe, Five Books

“I heartily recommend this wonderful book.”
Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“Quietly witty, engrossing and tragicomic – this insight into parallel culture in Britain today is the poignant story of an exceptional family that everyone should read.”
Judges for the 2008 Costa Book Awards

“A quirky delight.”
David Robson, The Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year 2008

“Very funny”
Anila Baig, The Sun

“A real one-off – a brave, candid, dark yet also hilarious memoir… So engaging: it’s unguarded, garrulous and frequently self-accusing in its quest to find the truth…”
Blake Morrison, judge, 2009 Mind Book of the Year

“The most moving debut we’ve read in ages.”

Jackie Wullschlager, The Financial Times

“I absolutely loved it. Heartbreaking and wonderful. He writes beautifully.”
Maggie O’Farrell

“An incredibly moving memoir and a compelling read…”
Marie Claire

“Witty, poignant and affectionately rude about inner-city Wolverhampton, this book confronts some of the key issues about multi-cultural Britain while acting as a painful and touching family memoir.”
Martin Warrilow, The Birmingham Post

“Sanghera could easily have slipped into the popular literature of lugubriousness… Fortunately, this is not that kind of book… The story of Sanghera’s long-delayed nuptials is a good foil for the troubling matter of his father’s disease, and he writes well about the absurdity of the Sikh marriage circuit… Best of all, he reprints embarrassing childhood pictures and is disarmingly frank not only about common British and Sikh prejudices, but about his own… Despite his own extreme experiences, there is little misery and a great deal of understanding in his admirable memoir.”
J. J. Purdon, Times Literary Supplement

“Witty, well written… provides a powerful insight into the way ethnic minority families cope with a diagnosis of mental disorder… Sanghera has produced a book of remarkable compassion and honesty. Rather than sensationalising events, he chooses to convey experiences of dealing with mental illness with great sensitivity. What struck me most about this book is that it crosses genres so successfully. I felt it was neither a précis of mental illness nor a memoir of early life experiences. Rather it was more an observation of a family coping with, and ultimately surviving, the trauma of mental illness. I was left with the notion that memoirs can actually be relevant, educational, and enjoyable.”
The British Medical Journal

“The mother of all memoirs… powerful… phenomenal… brave, honest and frequently hilarious… Read it.”

“Not many can create magic from a fusion of confession and nostalgia by illuminating it with insight, empathy and self-deprecating wit. This book radiates that special quality. Engaging us, heart and soul, without ever descending into sentimentality, this compelling memoir is the work of a gifted writer who knows how to translate truth into literature… as Sanghera keeps diving into his past and resurfacing in the present with the grace and precision of a champion swimmer, the contrasts between the separate worlds he inhabits become glaringly evident… One can’t help marvelling at the effortless ease with which the author can pluck scenes from his disparate worlds and present them with such cinematic realism as to make us feel like participants, rather than witnesses. Contributing to this impression is the writer’s eye for detail and ruthlessly accurate ear for dialogue. And the near-perfect balance he achieves between the book’s heart-wrenching moments and its hilariously absurd ones reveals the importance he accords to both…. overwhelming.”
Mita Ghose, The Statesman (India)