Behind the book: The Boy with the Topknot by Sathnam Sanghera

At our recent event with Sathnam Sanghera, The Times columnist and feature writer, we chatted to him behind-the-scenes about his book The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton and the BBC 2 adaptation.

His book is an account of his childhood and facing up to a bunch of painful family secrets and truths in his twenties – not least that his father and sister had suffered from schizophrenia – and that he was going to defy expectations of an arranged marriage. Equipped with breathtaking courage and a glorious sense of humour, he embarks on a journey into their extraordinary past - from his father's harsh life in rural Punjab to the steps of the Wolverhampton Tourist Office - trying to make sense of a life lived among secrets.

The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton was adapted for television and aired on BBC Two starring Sacha Dhawan (Sherlock, Iron Fist) as Sathnam Sanghera.