This was the first Meera Syal book I read, and I loved it. Undoutedly one of my favourite books. The protagonist reminded me of myself so much, from when i was growing up. It brought back so many childhood memories, both happy and sad. Syal's writing is excellent, she juxtoposes both humour and pain. One minute, you are laughing your head off and then suddenly, you find tears in your eyes. Syal takes you on a journey to the extreme of your emotions. The immediate story is of a British Asian girl growing up in Tollington. It expresses her experience of childhood into maturity, being her identity. However, the backdrop is of racism. Firstly, racism is implied with reference to the Pakistan and India's split, how after India's independence, Pakistan also wanted independence but this meant that innocent people had to leave their homes. Racism is also highlighted in terms of the protagonist's life in Tollington. An absolutely wonderful book !