Greetings from Bury Park

Greetings from Bury Park : Race. Religion. Rock 'n' Roll

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 202g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747592942
  • 9780747592945
  • 384,654

About Sarfraz Manzoor

Sarfraz Manzoor is a writer, broadcaster and documentary maker. He has written and presented documentaries for BBC 2, Radio 4 and Radio 2. Prior to his broadcasting career, Sarfraz Manzoor was a deputy commissioning editor at Channel 4, and before that spent 5 years as producer and reporter on Channel 4 News. His written work as appeared in publications as diverse as the Guardian, Daily Mail, Marie Claire, the Independent, the Observer, Uncut, Spectator, Prospect and New Statesman.show more

Review quote

'Beautiful and moving ... a book to make you believe that we are all more alike than we know' Tony Parsons 'While the book is about many things - the impact of multi-culturalism, a coming-of-age story and a Nick Hornby-style documentation of musical obsession - it is Manzoor's relationship with his father that lies at its heart' Independent 'Every detail rings so true that you feel you have been offered a seat in his living-room. Suffusing all this is Manzoor's warm, humane, unsensational voice: it makes you want to extend the hand of friendship to him' Sunday Telegraph 'A small wonder - the end result is genuinely moving rites-of-passage in which pop music plays an essential role' Mojoshow more

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181 ratings
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4 38% (68)
3 36% (65)
2 14% (26)
1 1% (2)
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