Anita and Me

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Flamingo, 1997 - Autobiographical fiction - 328 pages
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This novel is based on the author's own childhood, growing up in the '60s as part of the only coloured family living in a Wolverhampton mining village. As in her films, it is filled with warmth, good humour and eccentric characters.

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I loved this book yet it took so long to read. Somedays it reminded me too much of my teenage years that I had to put it down and come back days later. Anita, Meena, Tracey, Sam and all the parents are relatable to everyday life. Read full review

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Touching tale of growing up and the difficulties some friendships can bring. At a time when lard pieces, cremola foam and fish fingers were the staple of everyone's diet Anita's family brings warmth, exotic food and friendship to a tight night rural community. Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Meera Syal is a writer, actress, playwright, comic and novelist. She wrote the screenplays for the films Bhaji on the Beach and the multi-award-winning My Sister Wife. Anita and Me, her first novel, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her second novel, Life Isn't All Ha-Ha, Hee-Hee, was published in 1999.

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