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**THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**
Where are you really from?
You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British.
So why do people keep asking you where you are from?
Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.
In this personal and provocative investigation, Afua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. We are a nation in denial about our past and our present. We believe we are the nation of abolition, but forget we are the nation of slavery. We are convinced that fairness is one of our values, but that immigration is one of our problems. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change.
'Brit(ish) is a wonderful, important, courageous book, and
it could not be more timely: a vital and necessary point of reference
for our troubled age in a country that seems to have lost its bearings.
It’s about identity and belonging in 21st-century Britain: intimate and troubling; forensic but warm, funny and wise.'
'Memoir, social analysis and an incisively argued challenge to unconscious biases: this is a truly stunning book on racial identity by a remarkable woman.'
'Highly personal and yet instantly universal, this is a book that millions will instantly relate to.
Hirsch places her own lifelong search for identity and a sense of
Britishness against the backdrop of our national identity crisis. Part
historical exploration, part journalistic expose of racism and class
disadvantage in modern Britain, this is a book searching for answers to
some very big questions. Delving behind words like "prejudice",
"disadvantage" "structural-racism" Hirsch unpacks the real world impact
of these forces and on the lives of real people. Written with passion
not anger, insight rather than resentment, on the issues of race,
identity and the multiple meanings of Britishness this is the book for our divided and dangerous times.'