The Observer's 'debutantes to watch'
Sunjeev Sahota was featured in the Observer's debutantes to watch in 2011.
'Sahota's own novel would be impressive whoever had written it, but given his lack of early exposure to literature, it's nothing short of extraordinary. With unnerving control, Sahota casts us into the tormented mind of his narrator, Imtiaz, a second-generation immigrant who marries (and has a child with) an English woman before embracing extremism on a visit to Kashmir. Sahota avoids many of the cliches of radicalisation - he presents Imtiaz as spurred less by religious conviction than a desperate desire to belong - and the narrative contains many beautiful, well-honed images.'
You can read the full feature on the Guardian website.