Sathnam Sanghera

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Sathnam Sanghera (born Wolverhampton, 1976) is an award-winning journalist and author.

Early life and education[edit]

Sathnam Sanghera was born to Punjabi parents in Wolverhampton in 1976.[1] His parents had emigrated to the UK in 1968.[2][3] He was raised as a Sikh.[4] At the age of ten he worked part-time in a sewing factory.[5] He attended Wolverhampton Grammar School and graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge with a first class degree in English Language and Literature in 1998.[6]


Before becoming a writer Sathnam worked at a burger chain, a hospital laundry, a market research firm, a sewing factory and a literacy project in New York.[7] As a student he worked at the Express and Star in Wolverhampton and dressed up as a "news bunny" for L!VE TV.[8] Between 1998 and 2006 he was a reporter and feature writer for the Financial Times.[9]

He joined The Times as a columnist and feature writer in 2007.[10] He also writes for Management Today magazine.[11]


  • "The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton". Published by Penguin, 2008.


  • Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards, 2002.[12]
  • Article of the Year in the 2005 Management Today Writing Awards.[13]
  • Newspaper Feature of the Year, Workworld Media Awards.[14]
  • Journalist of the Year, Watson Wyatt Awards, 2006 and 2009.[15]
  • Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, 2009
  • Shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize, 2009.[16]
  • Winner, Mind Book of the Year, 2009.[17]
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters for services to journalism, University of Wolverhampton, September 2009.[18]
  • President's Medal, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2010.[19]
  • Costa Book Awards (First Novel) shortlisted for Marriage Material[20]

Personal life[edit]

He is single and lives in North London.[21][22]

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