"An epic tale of family, love, and politics spanning the twentieth century, told with humour, tenderness and insight, and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award
Returning to the Black Country after the unexpected death of his father, Arjan Banga, finds 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 their shop open, he finds himself being dragged back, forced into decisions about his imminent marriage back in London.
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.
‘A stunning novel... touching and funny and feels so fresh... it just leaps off the page. I adored it.’ DEBORAH MOGGACH, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
‘Enormously enjoyable… Sanghera's forte is wry comedy tinged with pathos… [A] warm, keenly observant and immensely appealing novel.’ SUNDAY TIMES"