Born to Punjabi parents in the West Midlands, Sathnam is an award-winning journalist and writer. After reading English at Christ's between 1995 and1998, Sathnam went on to work for the Financial Times, and later The Times. His first book, 'If You Don't Know Me By Now: a Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton ' (Viking, 2008) was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award. He has won numerous prizes for his journalism, including Article of the Year in the 2005 Management Today Writing Awards, Newspaper Feature of the Year in the 2005 Workworld Media Awards, HR Journalist of the Year in the Watson Wyatt Awards for Excellence and Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2002. His book was reissued in Penguin paperback in April 2009 under the new title: "The Boy with the Topknot: a Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton."