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Greetings from Bury Park

by Sarfraz Manzoor - £8.99  Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2019)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781526612083 | ISBN 10: 1526612089

A charming and poignant memoir of growing up during the eighties as both a Pakistani Muslim and Bruce Springsteen fan.
 
Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when his family emigrated from Pakistan to join his father in Bury Park, Luton. His teenage years were a constant battle to reconcile being both British and Muslim. But when his best friend introduced him to Bruce Springsteen, his life changed for ever. In this affectionate and timely memoir, Manzoor retraces his journey from the frustrations of his childhood to his reaction to the tragedies of 9/11 and 7/7.
 
Original, darkly tender and wryly amusing, this is an inspiring tribute to the power of music to transcend race and religion and a moving account of a relationship between father and son.
 
The book was also the inspiration for the 2019 film Blinded By the Light.

(Price & availability last checked: July 2019)

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In booklists: Asian and Middle Eastern Britain, Black and Asian Biography and Autobiography, British Muslims,
In categories: Black, Asian & Other Diasporas, History & Biography, World - Asia, Spirituality,

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