The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2009 Pages: 336 Publisher: Penguin It’s 1979 I’m three years old and like all eakfast times during my youth it begins with Mum combing my hair the Ritual for which I have to sit down on the second-hand. floral-patterned settee. and lean forward. like I’m presenting myself for execution. ‘For Sathnam Sanghera. 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. On the other. there was his wardrobe of tartan smocks. his 30p-an-hour job at the local sewing factory and the ongoing challenge of how to tie the perfect top-knot. And then there was his family. whose strange and often difficult behaviour he took for granted until. at the age of twenty-four. Sathnam made a discovery that changed everything he ever …
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