Sathnam Sanghera

Mastered: Literature
Location: Wolverhampton

From Wolverhampton Grammar School to Christ’s College, Cambridge and on to The Times, award-winning journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera has become one of the city’s most famous literary sons.

His debut book, The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, has been adapted for TV and was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award, the 2009 PEN/Ackerley Prize and named 2009 Mind Book of the Year.

His novel, Marriage Material, was shortlisted for a 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award and a 2013 Costa Book Award, was longlisted for the 2014 Desmond Elliot Prize, picked by The Sunday Times, The Observer and Metro as one of the novels of 2013, cited as one of the Guardian Readers’ Books of the Year in 2014, and is also being developed as a multi-part TV drama.

Sathnam was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters for services to journalism by The University of Wolverhampton in September 2009 and last year was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

Writer Jonathan Coe named him one of “The Men of Next 25 years” in GQ magazine in 2013 and said: “Whether he’s writing autobiography or fiction, Sathnam is busy carving out his own literary niche – in the multicultural British Midlands – which he explores with incredible grace, generosity and humour”.

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