Sixteen-year-old Marina flees the pressures of life with her Hungarian relatives, to find that a traditional English boarding school does not offer the sense of belonging she anticipated. Following the death of his father, Arjan discovers that a return to life among his Sikh family reveals truths about his life and background that he didn’t expect either. Almost English and Marriage Material are touching, witty novels about the need to understand our past, if we are to fully embrace our future.
Charlotte Mendelson is the author of four novels. She has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize.
Sathnam Sanghera’s previous book, The Boy with the Topknot, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. Marriage Material is his first novel.