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Asian Britain: A Photographic History [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Susheila Nasta , Florian Stadtler
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7 Oct 2013
South Asians have lived in Britain for centuries. From the first trade conducted between the two nations along the Silk Route to the adoption of Chicken Tikka Masala as a national dish, the ongoing mutual exchange of cultures continues to flourish today. Asian Britain vividly charts Britain s process of coming to terms with the historic realities of its culturally diverse past and present.

This extraordinary photographic history draws upon culture, film, music, the military, business, the suffragist movement and the different phases of historic settlement of Asian migrants from the subcontinent, the Caribbean and East Africa. Personalities from the arts, business, politics and sport appear alongside the pioneers the first female law student at Oxford, the first Indian RAF pilots, the first Asian MP and of equal significance are the experiences and history of the ordinary immigrants. Published in partnership with the British Library and Getty Images, this book includes a preface by Razia Iqbal

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Westbourne Press; First Edition edition (7 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908906111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908906113
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 22.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Celebrates the long, and sometimes surprising, history of Asian people in the UK ... Susheila Nasta s Asian Britain records an untold social history ... Poignant.' --Guardian

'Fascinating - [This] breathtaking book - sets out to chart a fascinating and important untold social history.' --Daily Mail

'[Susheila Nasta s] new book, Asian Britain: A Photographic History is much in keeping with her earlier work, over three hundred pages of beautifully reproduced, often rare, illustrations with an accompanying explanatory text, introduced by BBC correspondent Razia Iqbal ... There is much here for both the student of British colonial and social history and for the general reader; the book doubles neatly as a source book for the former and an attractive coffee table book for the latter ... The historical record that Nasta illustrates is longer than most of us realise. Her book contains fascinating portraits of Indians who settled in Britain from the 18th Century onwards, whether as families or servants of returning British nabobs, as sailors lascars on British ships, or as enterprising individuals, such as Sake Dean Mahomed, who opened Mahomed s Vapour Baths in Brighton in 1821 and became King George IV s shampooing surgeon ... A timely new account.' --Asian Review of Books

About the Author

Susheila Nasta MBE is editor-in-chief of the internationally distinguished literary magazine, Wasafiri. Currently Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University, she has published widely on the black and South Asian diasporas. Since 2007, Nasta has been Director of a major interdisciplinary research project on Asian Britain.

Florian Stadtler is Lecturer in Global Literature at the University of Exeter. He has published on South Asian cinema, history and writing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Jun 2014
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a book that that is most interesting as it deals with a subject that is often forgotten. An added personal interest is that I have known the author for many years and feel that I can add my congratulations for a job really well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 May 2014
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Bought this for my father in law and he loved going back in time. Would highly recommend for it to be included in your bookshelf or read at a coffee table
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the book was a present to an asian friend who was delighted with it. i only dipped into it, but it seem like a very interesting pictorial history of Asians in Britain, with lovely photographs, and descriptions, charting their lives in their new land.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Pictoral History 8 Jan 2014
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I saw an article about this book in The Guardian and was immediately interested it. I think it's well set out and gives the right mix of the lives of 'ordinary' people and those who mixed with royalty and the celebrities in days gone by.

The short descriptions of each photograph give sufficient insight into the background of each photograph too, and I liked the fact that it covered such a large era, from the 19th century right up to the present day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real treasure trove! 2 April 2014
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This book has a terrific and extensive selection of photos encompassing the past hundred years. Some of the photos are very historic and there's a story behind each one. In addition to getting a feeling for the people of the past century, many of the photos provide a sense of place.
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