In the author's words, this is "an attempt at a comic family epic of Little England into which an explosion of ethnic colour is injected", telling the story of three families, one Indian, one white, one mixed, in North London and Oxford from World War II to now.
W 2001 Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best First Book Eurasia
S 2000 Orange Prize
W 2000 Whitbread Prize (First Novel)
W 2000 Guardian First Book Award
W 2001 WH Smith Book Awards: New Talent