5 minutes with….

Byline picture of Times business columnist and feature writer Sathnam Sanghera. Pic: Richard Pohle

Award-winning journalist, author and trustee and board chair for Creative Access, Sathnam Sanghera takes the stage for London Book & Screen Week’s 5-minutes with…

What was the last book you read?
The Rise And Fall Of The British Empire by Lawrence James.

And what did you read it on?

What’s next on your reading list?
Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson. I’m interested in Empire at the moment.

What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?
The End of the Affair.

Where is the best place to read in London?
Top deck of the 24.

What is the best book you’ve read that is set in London?
Spring by David Szalay.

Which writer would you have loved to have met–and why?
Arnold Bennett; a working class hero who made it big, but was then largely forgotten. I’d like to know if he became a snob, as has been alleged.

What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
Homes Under The Hammer. Nearly missed a flight because of it once.

Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure….
Richard Marx.

…and one from the world of fiction?
Tony Parsons.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
I have written it already, and it has had two titles: If You Don’t Know Me By Now, and The Boy With the Topknot. Perhaps my only claim to fame.


Follow Sathnam on Twitter @Sathnam and join him at #LondonsVoices on Thursday 14 April 2016. But HURRY – tickets are selling out very fast!


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