Greetings from Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor
A Memoir

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Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when, in 1974, he emigrated from Pakistan to Britain with his mother, brother, and sister. Sarfraz spent his teenage years in a constant battle, trying to reconcile being both British and Muslim, trying to fit in at school and at home. But it was when his best friend introduced him to the music of Bruce Springsteen that his life changed completely. From the age of sixteen on, after the moment he heard the harmonica and opening lines to “The River,” Springsteen became his personal muse, a lens through which he was able to view the rest of his life. Both a tribute to Springsteen and a story of personal discovery, Greetings from Bury Park is a warm, irreverent, and exceptionally perceptive memoir about how music transcends religion and race.


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About Sarfraz Manzoor

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Sarfraz Manzoor is a writer and broadcast journalist. He is a writer for The Guardian but his journalism has also appeared in publications as diverse as the Daily Mail, The Independent, The Observer, Uncut, The Spectator, Prospect and The New Statesman. His television credits include "The Great British Asian Invasion" and "Death of a Porn Star" both for Channel 4. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio with documentaries on Radio 4, "Up All Night" on radio 5 Live, and regular contributions to Radio 4's "Saturday Review" and Newsnight Review. Prior to his broadcasting career Sarfraz Manzoor was a deputy commissioning editor at Channel 4, which he joined after 5 years as producer and reporter on Channel 4 News. Find him online at www.sarfrazmanzoor.co.ukFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published March 10, 2009 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Springsteen even appears when Manzoor discusses his troubled relationship with religion: “I wanted to be a Muslim like Philip Roth was a Jew or Bruce Springsteen was a Catholic.” Although Manzoor maintains a healthy sense of self-mocking humility and does an excellent job portraying his fantastic...

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Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock'n'Roll by Sarfraz Manzoor 269pp, Bloomsbury, £12.99 There is nothing unfamiliar about the lives of second-generation British immigrants.

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The Guardian

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Rock'n'Roll by Sarfraz Manzoor Bloomsbury £12.99, pp269 Broadcaster and writer Sarfraz Manzoor's first book brings together three common, though not obviously interlocking motifs of recent literature.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this uneven memoir, British TV and radio journalist Manzoor describes growing up in Britain in the '70s and '80s by way of his love affair with the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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Born in Pakistan and raised in England, Sarfraz Manzoor grew up in a state of discontent, invariably torn between the contradictions of his heritage and his personal ambition.

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Summary: Tender, touching and clear-sighted, Greetings From Bury Park is an illuminating perspective on what it means to be British, Muslim and of Pakistani heritage, but perhaps even more it's the story of the pleasures and pains in father-son relationships, whatever the nationality, religion or...

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From the age of sixteen on, after the moment he heard the harmonica and opening lines to “The River,” Springsteen became his personal muse, a lens through which he was able to view the rest of his life.

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