Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is the author of three novels. Most recently, he authored the critically acclaimed The One Who Wrote Destiny (2018). His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010. His second novel Meatspace was released to critical acclaim in 2014. Nikesh has written for The Guardian, Observer, Independent, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC2, LitHub, Guernica and BBC Radio 4. Nikesh is also the editor of the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant, which won the reader’s choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards. He co-edited The Good Immigrant USA with Chimene SuleymanHe is the author of two YA novels, Run, Riot and The Boxer. Nikesh was one of Time magazine’s cultural leaders, Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller’s 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency. He was elected as a Fellow of the RSL in 2019.

 

 

Good Talk

Mira Jacob

This graphic memoir by the brilliant Mira Jacob is a perfect book to share as it’s a series of conversations. As Jacob wrestles with her young son’s increasing worry at the state of the world, and tries to talk him about race, toxic masculinity, Trump and family, she finds herself turning to her friends, husband and family to help her decide the best way to equip her son for the world. What we have is an honest and authentically nuanced account of a parent trying their best to raise a child in bleak times.

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions

Valeria Luiselli

This short essay by Valeria Luiselli is essential to helping us understand just what is happening in the world. Five years ago, Luiselli acted as a translator for children arriving at the American border. She had a forty question questionnaire to ask them in order to see if they qualified for various legal protections or should be sent back. What she wrestles with is… these are children, these are not questions for children, why are we doing this to children, what must have happened to these children, to bring them to this point. It’s a startling and important piece of work.

Partition Voices

Kavita Puri

It took this book for me to really appreciate that, living among us, today in the United Kingdom (and all over the world obviously) are people who were directly displaced or affected by the partition of India. This violent and awful tragedy that resulted in the biggest mass migration known to man, in so much violence and death, in families being ripped apart, is brought alive by these oral histories of people who were there: some directly involved in both sides of the violence, some who saw their loved ones murdered, some who lost everything.

How To Lose A Country: From Democracy To Dictatorship in Seven Steps

Ece Temelkuran

Temelkuran writes with such urgency about the rise of populism, the resurgence of fascism and the death of democracy in this easily digestible book that lays open the playbook being used all over the world to subvert that which we all try to hold so dear and sacred: the idea of democracy. And yet, as countries backslide into fascism, it seems that there is an alarming pattern forming. Temelkuran writes about her own exile from Turkey and Brexit and Trump and tries to show us, this is not an accident.

Lowborn

Kerry Hudson

This memoir by Kerry Hudson is a powerful exploration of poverty and class that manages to be human and uplifting and never flinch. It’s written with such warmth and honesty, and it feels like it should be one of those books pressed into the bloodied hands of all of the architects of austerity. Hudson’s personal journey is one of hope and in this memoir, she is generous in using her platform to talk about those who never managed to leave the towns she did.