Eve Harris and Sathnam Sanghera Hendon and Wolverhampton

Eve Harris, Sathnam Sanghera

27/02/2014 1:00 pm
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When it comes to an obsession with marrying off the children, Jews have more in common with others than they sometimes care to admit. Here are two affectionate portraits of British ethnic communities: 2013 Man Booker Prize long-listed The Marrying of Chani Kaufman and Marriage Material, a portrait of Sikhs in the Midlands after Arnold Bennett. Eve Harris and Sathnam Sanghera compare notes.

Eve Harris

Eve Harris’s debut novel The Marrying of Chani Kaufman was longlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2013. Born to Israeli-Polish parents in London in 1973, Eve taught in a variety of schools in both London and Tel Aviv before embarking on her writing career.

Sathnam Sanghera

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 and named 2009 Mind Book of the Year. Marriage Material is his first novel and has been picked by Waterstones as one of the fiction debuts of the year. Follow Sathnam on twitter @Sathnam

Louise Jacobs

Louise Jacobs is currently CEO of the London Jewish Cultural Centre having previously held the position of cultural programmer for the same organisation