The Good Immigrant Hardcover – 22 Sep 2016
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"The Good Immigrant is a lively and vital intervention into the British cultural conversation around race. Instead of statistics and dogma we find real human experience and impassioned argument – and it's funny and moving, too. A must read!" (Zadie Smith)
"The stories are sometimes funny, sometimes brutal, always honest … if I could, I’d push a copy of this through the letter box of every front door in Britain." (Independent)
"Highly recommended … It's precisely those who might at first think this book is not about us, who should read it" (Spectator)
"Perceptive, touching and funny" (Observer)
"An important, timely read." (J. K. Rowling)
"Amazing voices … searingly honest" (Grazia)
"We should recognise both the courage that has been shown in producing these essays and the contradictions that necessarily exist across them … The Good Immigrant helps to open up a much-needed space of unflinching dialogue about race and racism in the UK" (Guardian)
"To say the publication of The Good Immigrant has come at a good time would be an understatement … If 2016 has left you feeling helpless, desperately wondering what you can do to repair the damage of anti-immigration rhetoric, then reading it would be a good place to start: it leaves you feeling armed with empathy." (Vice)
"An act of peaceful defiance; as a document of the now, and as an opportunity to educate ourselves about the lives and experiences of others." (Guardian)
"Powerful… The Good Immigrant is a reminder of why Britain is at its best when it lifts the burden of the "bad immigrant" and why it loses so much when it lets it grow" (New Statesman)
Award-winning writer Nikesh Shukla gathers twenty British Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers and artists to reflect on race, immigration and being ‘other’ in Great Britain.See all Product description
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This collection of 21 ‘unapologetic’ essays challenge the dominant of the ‘white’ universal experience, instead presenting the ‘universal experiences’ of U.K. BAME people including actors, journalists, novelists, teachers and poets. These, mostly personal, pieces range across fashion and self-expression, family histories and education to the pitfalls of going through airport security.
Miss L’s drama tutor tells her the ideal role for her is ‘wife of a terrorist; in one of the most poignant pieces Darren Chatty talks about doing creative writing exercises with BAME children, who needed permission to put characters that look like them into their own stories; Coco Khan spends the night with someone only to wake up to a room decorated with Union Jacks. The accounts here range from funny to near-tragic, and some are more successful than others, but all raise important questions about identity and belonging. As one reviewer said, ‘If you find these (stories) shocking, it’s probably because you’re white, like me, and don’t have to live with this every day of the week.’ His conclusion was ‘I’d push a copy of this through every front door in Britain.’ Obviously, that’s not going to happen so let’s just hope as many people as possible buy this and read it anyway.
The book continues as a compilation of essays and reflections, all on connected themes, but each from totally unique perspectives. They are students, actors, poets, journalists, a comedian and an educator. They come from many walks of life and they have such important stories to tell.
Some of the stories made me nodding as I found myself in them.
Some of them made me stop, re-read and think again.
In any case, it stirred something in me.
Some of them even trumped evening TV when I was reading them to my husband to discuss.
Thank you for the collection.