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Books by Nikesh Shukla

  • Rife

    Nikesh Shukla

    Product Code: BYIPL
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    Young people in this country are facing a chasm of doubt and instability. Mental health problems are widespread, university fees are rising, job opportunities are drying up, and the prospect of ever owning a home is increasingly out of reach. But this generation is noticeably absent from the opinion columns, comment pieces and news reports of the mainstream media. From the creative minds behind Rife magazine comes this anthology of twenty passionate voices, all under the age of twenty-four, writing across a spectrum of topics that matter to them. It holds a mirror up to the experience of young people in the UK today, with essays on money, mental health, sex, gender, inequality, education, crime and the future. Bracing, honest and set against what can often seem an apocalyptic backdrop, these stories are nevertheless full of ideas and solidarity to draw on through these uncertain times.
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  • Meatspace

    Nikesh Shukla

    Product Code: BVSQV
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    The second novel from Costa First Novel Award shortlisted author Nikesh Shukla. Kitab Balasubramanyam's life is falling apart around him. First he lost his girlfriend, then his job. The novel he put his all into didn't sell and he's not written anything beyond 140 characters for since. He's pushing away his widowed father, unable to listen to tales of his dad's online dating successes, and now his brother Aziz is leaving their shared flat to travel to America in search of his Facebook doppelganger. Despite the relentless buzz of notifications on his phone, Kitab is alone. But when his only known namesake turns up in London from Bangalore, intent on being part of Kitab's life, at whatever cost, Kitab is forced to fight for the identity he thought he was so tired of.
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  • The Good Immigrant USA

    Nikesh Shukla

    Product Code: BUONQ
    Hardback
    GUARDIAN MUST READ BOOKS OF 2019 'The strength of this collection is in its diversity - of gender, sexuality, privilege, experience and writing style. . . It showcases the joy, empathy, fierceness needed to adopt the country as one's own.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * * * An urgent collection of essays by first and second-generation immigrants, exploring what it's like to be othered in an increasingly divided America. From Trump's proposed border wall and travel ban to the marching of White Supremacists in Charlottesville, America is consumed by tensions over immigration and the question of which bodies are welcome. In this much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling UK edition, hailed by Zadie Smith as 'lively and vital', editors Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman hand the microphone to an incredible range of writers whose humanity and right to be in the US is under attack. Chigozie Obioma unpacks an Igbo proverb that helped him navigate his journey to America from Nigeria. Jenny Zhang analyzes cultural appropriation in nineties fashion, recalling her own pain and confusion as a teenager trying to fit in. Fatimah Asghar describes the flood of memory and emotion triggered by an encounter with an Uber driver from Kashmir. Alexander Chee writes of a visit to Korea that changed his relationship to his heritage. These writers, and the many others in this singular collection, share powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages while struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, troubling and uplifting, the essays in The Good Immigrant USA come together to create a provocative, conversation-sparking, multivocal portrait of America now. Essays from: Porochista Khakpour Nicole Dennis-Benn Rahawa Haile Teju Cole Priya Minhas Wale Oyejide Fatimah Asghar Tejal Rao Maeve Higgins Krutika Mallikarjuna Jim St. Germain Jenny Zhang Chigozie Obioma Alexander Chee Yann Demange Jean Hannah Edelstein Chimene Suleyman Basim Usmani Daniel Jose Older Adrian Villar Rojas Sebastian Villar Rojas Dani Fernandez Fatima Farheen Mirza Susanne Ramirez de Arellano Mona Chalabi Jade Chang
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  • The One Who Wrote Destiny

    Nikesh Shukla

    Product Code: BUIIV
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    "A beautiful, brilliant modern classic." Sabrina Mahfouz, Guardian, Best Summer Books 2018 Neha has just been diagnosed with the same terminal cancer that killed her mother. Was this her destiny? She codes a computer program to find out, one that intricately maps out her entire life and the lives of those closest to her: her dad, who left Kenya for windblown northern England; her brother, a struggling comedian whose star is finally beginning to rise; her grandmother, who lost the man she loved to racist violence. By understanding the past, Neha hopes to come to terms with her present - and reckon with her family's and her country's future.
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  • Run, Riot

    Nikesh Shukla

    Product Code: BPVDF
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    From the editor of The Good Immigrant, an adrenaline-fuelled, powerful YA novel about young people taking charge of their own destiny. A novel about standing up and being counted. Aspiring MC Taran and her twin brother Hari never wanted to move to Firestone House. But when the rent was doubled overnight and Dad's chemo meant he couldn't work, they had to make this tower block their home. It's good now though; they feel part of something here. When they start noticing boarded-up flats and glossy fliers for expensive apartments, they don't think much of it - until Hari is caught up in a tragedy, and they are forced to go on the run. It's up to these teenagers to uncover the sinister truth behind what's going on in the block, before it blows their world apart.
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  • The One Who Wrote Destiny

    Nikesh Shukla

    Product Code: BOICL
    Hardback
    Mukesh has just moved from Kenya to the drizzly northern town of Keighley. He was expecting fame, fortune, the Rolling Stones and a nice girl, not poverty, loneliness and racism. Still, he might not have found Keith Richards, but he did find the girl. Neha is dying. Lung cancer, a genetic gift from her mother and an invocation to forge a better relationship with her brother and her widowed father before it's too late. The problem is, her brother is an unfunny comedian and her idiot father is a first-generation immigrant who moved to Keighley of all places. Rakesh is grieving. He lost his mother and his sister to the same illness, and his career as a comedian is flat-lining. Sure, his sister would have claimed that it was because he was simply unfunny, but he can't help feel that there is more to it than that - more to do with who he is and where he comes from rather than the content of his jokes. Ba has never looked after her two young grandchildren before. After her daughter died, her useless son-in-law dumped them on her doorstep for a month and now she has to try and work out how to bond with two children who are used England, not to the rhythms of Kenya...
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  • The Good Immigrant

    Nikesh Shukla

    Product Code: AZMUW
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    How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport? Or be told that, as an actress, the part you're most fitted to play is 'wife of a terrorist'? How does it feel to have words from your native language misused, misappropriated and used aggressively towards you? How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? How does it feel to go 'home' to India when your home is really London? What is it like to feel you always have to be an ambassador for your race? How does it feel to always tick 'Other'? Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, the Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be 'other' in a country that doesn't seem to want you, doesn't truly accept you - however many generations you've been here - but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms. Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants - job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees - until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and - most importantly - real.
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