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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. 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.

©2013 Sathnam Sanghera (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"A stunning novel...touching and funny and feels so fresh...it just leaps off the page. I adored it" (Deborah Moggach)

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  • H Jassal
  • 31-12-2020

excellent

Absolutely loved it. A real insight into life in the Midlands for Indian families. I can see the shop and the characters in my minds eye.

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  • clive
  • 07-11-2014

Try 'The old wives tale' instead

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I feel that this is a pale copy of Arnold Bennett's 'The Old Wives' Tale' without the depth or realism of that classic and with a frankly ludicrous ending. Read the original, skip this.

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