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on 26 September 2013
A wonderfully written story of three generations of a Wolverhampton Sikh family, Marriage Material is first and foremost a hugely enjoyable novel. Spanning almost half a century, it is a story of politics, race, identity and, at the heart of it all, family. Having escaped from the family run Bains Stores, Arjan has moved to London, is working as a graphic designer and become engaged - to a white woman. However, the death of his father obliges him to return to the family business to help his mother - a temporary arrangement with no exit plan. Alternating between the 1960s and the present day, the story unfolds to explore the conflicts within and between families, communities and generations.
This is a stunning novel, in turns gripping, sad, funny and as the final truth is revealed, shocking. Marriage Material is a portrait of a time and a place, and a study of community and family and their power to divide and eventually, to unite. Told throughout with warmth, humour and an authenticity that reflects the author's own family background, I'd thoroughly recommend it.