5 Minute Interview: Sathnam Sanghera
Journalist and Wellcome Book Prize 2016 judge Sathnam Sanghera, who will be appearing at the London Book & Screen Week, answers a few quick questions.
Sathnam Sanghera is a journalist, judge of the Wellcome Book Prize 2016, and author of Marriage Material and The Boy with the Topknot. On Thursday (14th April), Sathnam is appearing at a special event at 19 Princelet St – London Voices: Life in the Global City.
This event is part of London Book & Screen Week, a seven-day, citywide celebration of books and the films, TV programmes and virtual worlds they inspire, running 11 – 17 April, 2016.
What was the last book you read?
The Rise And Fall Of The British Empire by Lawrence James
And what did you read it on?
What’s next on your reading list?
Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson. I'm interested in Empire at the moment.
What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?
The End of the Affair
Where is the best place to read in London?
Top deck of the 24
What is the best book you’ve read that is set in London?
Spring by David Szalay
Which writer would you have loved to have met – and why?
Arnold Bennett: a working class hero who made it big, but was then largely forgotten. I'd like to know if he became a snob, as has been alleged.
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What would be the title of your autobiography?
I have written it already, and it has had two titles: If You Don't Know Me By Now, and The Boy With the Topknot. Perhaps my only claim to fame.
What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
Homes Under The Hammer. Nearly missed a flight because of it once.
For the author, growing up in Wolverhampton in the eighties was a confusing business. On the one hand, these were the heady days of George Michael mix-tapes, Dallas on TV and, if he was lucky, the occasional Bounty Bar. This title tells his story.
James and Katherine meet at a wedding in London. It is January 2006, towards the end of the money-for-nothing years, and James is a man with a varied past - entrepreneur, estate agent, film producer - now living alone in a flat in Bloomsbury. Separated from her husband, a successful paparazzo, Katherine is working at an interim job in a hotel.
* Uniquely complete account of the British Empire - Jan Morris' great Penguin trilogy PAX BRITANNICA only starts from 1837, rather than the 16th Century. * A modern classic of narrative history, updated to include the 1997 handover of Hong Kong.
Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red and Britannia ruled not just the waves, but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. This title reveals the imperial story showing how a gang of buccaneers and gold-diggers planted the seed of the biggest empire in all history.