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Brown Baby : A Memoir of Race, Family and Home

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'Brown Baby is a beautifully intimate and soul-searching memoir. It speaks to the heart and the mind and bears witness to our turbulent times.' - Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other

How do you find hope and even joy in a world that is prejudiced, sexist and facing climate crisis? How do you prepare your children for it, but also fill them with all the boundlessness and eccentricity that they deserve and that life has to offer?

In Brown Baby, Nikesh Shukla, author of the bestselling The Good Immigrant, explores themes of sexism, feminism, parenting and our shifting ideas of home. This memoir, by turns heartwrenching, hilariously funny and intensely relatable, is dedicated to the author's two young daughters, and serves as an act of remembrance to the grandmother they never had a chance to meet. Through love, grief, food and fatherhood, Shukla shows how it's possible to believe in hope.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 30mm | 370g
  • Bluebird
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529032911
  • 9781529032918
  • 117,151

Review quote

Brown Baby is a beautifully intimate and soul-searching memoir. It speaks to the heart and the mind and bears witness to our turbulent times. -- Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other Brown Baby is the funniest, saddest, most motivating memoir I have ever read - it's like a clever friend in your ear. A life-changing, heartbreaking, fizz-popping book that fills me with joy and gratitude and communion. * Emma Jane Unsworth * So honest, I found myself, engulfed, consumed. I could feel myself in the room with Nikesh. * Nadiya Hussain * A masterpiece ... Exquisitely written and so empowering, this is the book on fatherhood I have been waiting to read my whole life. I cannot begin to describe the whirlwind of emotions I experienced while reading the elegant vulnerability captured in these tender words ... I know that I will read this love letter of a book often, it has become an old friend that I take with me everywhere. * Nikita Gill * A wise and wonderful book from the hugely talented Nikesh Shukla. Written for his daughters, inspired by his mother whom they never got to meet, this love letter to his brown babies encompasses fatherhood, feminism, racial politics, growing up and being a grown up, with tenderness, depth and humour. * Meera Syal * Brown Baby is fizzing with humanity, life and light. Nikesh Shukla has written page after page of golden prose that made me laugh out loud and weep real tears. Love, family, grief, race and gender are all nurtured carefully with intention and hope in this urgently relevant 21st century memoir. * Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist * An unforgettable love letter that stretches into both the past and the future, aching with longing and loss, firecracker humour, fury at the wrongs of the world but, above all, great beauty, pride and hope. Heartbreaking and brilliant. * Rachel Edwards * Brown Baby is a heartbreakingly honest exploration of grief, loss, and what it means to belong. Shukla's vulnerability is deeply moving; this memoir will stay with me for a long time. * Louise O' Neill * Brown Baby is a gorgeous love letter from a father to his daughter. It is also a raw and necessary reckoning with the forces that shape the way we view ourselves and others. In this way, it is a love letter to us all, by turns hilarious, scathing, searching, and tender. Truly, Brown Baby is a treasure. * Tania James, author of The Tusk That Did The Damage * I'm awestruck by its intimacy and how densely packed with important questions it is. * Anoushka Shankar * [Brown Baby] has wisdom about being an ally I will remember for life, some of the best male writing about eating and emotional pain I have ever come across and is one of the very best examples of a story which is deeply personal feeling truly universal. * Alexandra Heminsley * Funny, moving and utterly relevant to where we're at right now, do not miss this beautiful book -- Best new non-fiction for 2021, Stylist A brave, funny and rather lovely read. -- Best books coming out in 2021, iNews Part state of the nation tract, part love letter to his family - the personal and political are fused in this masterpiece. -- Nish Kumar
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About Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is an author, screenwriter and one of the most prominent UK voices on diversity and inclusion in the arts. He is the editor of bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant, which won the Reader's Choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards, and was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. He is the author of a number of novels for both adults and young adults including Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize), Meatspace, Run Riot, The Boxer and co-editor of The Good Immigrant USA. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency. Nikesh is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Folio Academy. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Roehampton University and the University of Bath. He hosts the 'Brown Baby' podcast which explores how we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and bleak times.
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427 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 47% (199)
4 35% (148)
3 17% (71)
2 2% (8)
1 0% (1)
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