Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Marriage Material


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


If you’ve approached Bains Stores recently, you’d be forgiven for hesitating on doing so. A prominent window advert for a discontinued chocolate bar suggests the shop may have closed in 1994. The security shutters are stuck a quarter-open, adding to the general air of dilapidation. A push or kick of the door triggers something which is more grating car alarm than charming shop bell.

To Arjan Banga, returning to the Black Country after the unexpected death of his father, his family’s corner shop represents everything he has tried to leave behind – a lethargic pace of life, insular rituals and ways of thinking. But when his mother insists on keeping the shop open, he finds himself being dragged back, forced into big decisions about his imminent marriage back in London and uncovering the history of his broken family – the elopement and mixed-race marriage of his aunt Surinder, the betrayals and loyalties, loves and regrets that have played out in the shop over more than fifty years.

Taking inspiration from Arnold Bennett’s classic novel The Old Wives’ Tale, Marriage Material tells the story of three generations of a family through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop – itself a microcosm of the South Asian experience in the country: a symbol of independence and integration, but also of darker realities.

This is an epic tale of family, love, and politics, spanning the second half of the twentieth century, and the start of the twenty-first. Told with humour, tenderness and insight, it manages to be both a unique and urgent survey of modern Britain by one of Britain’s most promising young writers, and an ingenious reimagining of a classic work of fiction.


I picked up this book because I have been working my way through the Waterstones 11 debut novels for this year. Sathnam Sanghera has had work published before, but this is his debut novel. It’s an incredibly interesting, well written read. I’ve certainly enjoyed reading this talent author’s debut.

Marriage Material is essentially a story about family. It does include love, politics and a fantastic bit of humour. It depicts generations of an Indian family of shop owners in Wolverhampton. Sathnam Sanghera is writing from personal experience and I believe that truly shows. The story unfolds at a nice pace. It’s so easy to read and it’s incredibly enjoyable. I found myself reading chapter after chapter without wanting to put the book down. That’s always such a lovely feeling for a bookworm!

Marriage Material switches between first and third person narration, but it is done in such a seamless way, it really adds to the story. Sathnam Sanghera is a great writer and I look forward to checking out what he writes next!

Would I recommend it?:

WWW Wednesday #44

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

What are you currently reading?


I’m nearly halfway through this short book and I can totally see why many bloggers haven’t finished it. I’m finding it okay. Easy to read but I keep rolling my eyes at certain phrases and actions. We’ll see if I get through it..

What did you recently finish reading?


I finished this book last night. It was picked as one of Waterstones 11, from a debut novelist this year that show much promise. This was one of my favourites. It’s well written and incredibly easy to read.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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Luna from Luna’s Little Library sent me Kissing Booth to read. It looks like a short, fun read. I’m then reading The Merciful Scar as part of my NetGalley November challenge.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your answers to the questions in the comment section below or link your own WWW posts.

Stacking The Shelves #39

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

This week, when I shouldn’t have been buying books, I found myself buying books… Oh dear. I need help!


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I’m very excited to read Requiem to finally finish the Delirium trilogy. God knows when I’ll get around to reading it, but hopefully sometime soon. I picked up Bad Girls Don’t Die and The Nine Lives of Chloe King at Foyles. I wasn’t expecting to buy books, but I can’t resist. They were both looking at me. They were going to judge me if I didn’t buy them, what’s a girl to do? Marriage Material is one of the Waterstones 11 for this year, promising debut authors. I’ve heard it’s good, but we shall see…

Bought for Kindle:

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I had to buy Fractured after loving Slated and joining in with a twitter chat really got me excited for the sequel. I also heard great things about Six Months Later, so I picked it up!


Just one from NetGalley this week.. I’m trying to be reserved!


I’m intrigued to read this one. I’ve heard good things!

Feel free to leave your links to your Stacking The Shelves posts and I’ll come and check out what you’ve been adding to your shelves!