Now a major motion picture titled 'Blinded by the Light', directed by Gurinder Chadha, a charming memoir of growing up during the eighties as both a Pakistani Muslim and Bruce Springsteen fan. Includes a new afterword by the author.
Sarfraz Manzoor is a writer and broadcaster. He writes for the Guardian and has also written for the Observer, Prospect, New Statesman, Uncut, the Daily Mail and Marie Claire. He has written and presented documentaries for BBC 2 and Radio 4, and he is a regular present on BBC Radio 5 Live. Prior to his broadcasting career, Sarfraz Manzoor was a deputy commissioning editor at Channel 4, and before that he spent five years as a journalist for Channel 4 News. He lives in London.
Every detail rings so true ... Manzoor's warm, humane,
unsensational voice ... makes you want to extend the hand of
friendship to him * Sunday Telegraph *
A beautiful and absorbing love letter to his family, his culture and his hero Bruce Springsteen * Rob Brydon *
A small wonder - like some melancholy refit of Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia, where boredom replaces bohemia and real life is something only glimpsed in a Bruce Springsteen lyric * Mojo *
Like Blake Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? ... it's about trying to make sense of the rubble left behind by a father's death... A richly humane, smile-inducing memoir * Observer *
While the book is 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 *
Beautiful and moving ... A book to make you believe that we are all more alike than we know -- Tony Parsons