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
Eve Harris and Sathnam Sanghera Hendon and Wolverhampton
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.