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Brown Baby by Nikesh Shukla

Due to be published 4 February 2021.

Bookseller Review, Kath:

‘This is a readable, honest, say it as it is kind of memoir. A father writing to his eldest daughter about all the hurdles she might face as a ‘brown baby’ of mixed race in the UK today; how he will teach her about her heritage, how he misses his late mother who never got to meet his two daughters, and how he copes as a father wrestling with all the challenges of parenthood. It is direct, it is funny at times, painful at times, and combines grief, love, race, gender and food into a heartfelt monologue.’



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How do you find hope and even joy in a world that is racist, 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 explores themes of racism, 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.


‘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

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