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From the editor of The Good Immigrant.
'We have to believe in hope in these dark uncertain times. Hope brings us together.'
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?
Nikesh Shukla explores themes of racism, feminism, parenting and our shifting ideas of home. This heartbreaking, compelling, intensely relatable memoir is a love letter to the author’s late mother – who passed away just before his eldest daughter was born – and to his two young daughters. In Brown Baby, Shukla examines, with humour and sharp, beautiful prose, how to raise the next generation with a sense of joy in an often bleak world.
‘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
‘A masterpiece of love, grief, humour and raising a daughter. 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.’ Nikita Gill
‘Covering parenthood, grief, food, race, feminism and bus timetables, reading it feels like letting sunlight in on the often stale debate around trying to be a good parent in a world that can be overwhelming on eight hours sleep let alone three.’ Alexandra Heminsley
‘It is, as it says, a memoir but it also speaks as a hymn to difference, to the complexities inherent with being Brown and British. The fear and brilliance of parenthood is tender to the point of pain. Funny and insightful. Beautiful.’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave
‘Brown Baby is searingly honest, sharply observed and deeply compassionate. Reading Nikesh’s memoir is akin to sharing the most intimate conversation with a dear friend, albeit one who is willing and able to be stunningly introspective and humble in order to be best father he can be for his beloved daughters. It’s a book I wish the men in my life had read when I was young, and one I will read again and again as I parent my own little brown babies.’ Anoushka Shankar
‘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 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