Anita and Me

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Flamingo, Jan 1, 1996 - Friendship - 328 pages
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Like every nine-year-old girl, Meena can't wait to grow up and break free from her parents. But, as the daughter of the only Punjabi family in the mining village of Tollington, her fight for independence is far from typical. Meena wants fish fingers and chips, not chapati and dhal; she wants an English Christmas, not interminable Punjabi festivities with her embarrasing aunties and dreadful cousins; but more than anything, more than mini-skirts, make-up, and the freedom to watch soap operas on television, Meena wants to roam the backyards of working-class Tollington with the feisty Anita Rutter and her gang. With great warmth and humor, Meera Syal brings to life a quirky, spirited 1960s British mining town after the mine has closed. The men have become househusbands, the women work in the ball bearings factory, and Indians have moved in next door....

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User Review  - Colette Brennan - Goodreads

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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User Review  - Girl with her Head in a Book - Goodreads

I have adored Meera Syal for years wherever she has turned up, whether she is being an actress, comedienne, cultural commentator or even being Granny on The Kumars at No. 42. Strangely however, I had ... Read full review

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Syal is a British-born Indian.

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