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Sathnam Sanghera's Favourite Reads of 2021

Posted on 4th November 2021 by Anna Orhanen

An award-winning journalist and a bestselling author, Sathnam Sanghera has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards for his memoir The Boy With The Topknot and longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2021 for Empireland  an eye-opening examination of how imperialism has shaped modern Britain. We are delighted to have Sanghera share his favourite five books of 2021 with our readers, as well as revealing which title he'd most like to receive for Christmas.

Blood Legacy by Alex Renton

In which Renton faces up to his aristocratic family's involvement with slavery, and offers Britain an opportunity to change the way it talks about the slave trade. 

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A timely and eye-opening piece of historical research, Renton’s unflinchingly honest book about his family’s history as slave owners encourages white Britons to take a long hard look at their country’s imperial past and its consequences for the present day.
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Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood

A brave and chilling account of the author's experiences of racism and psychosis. Raises important questions about how the two things may be connected. 

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Unflinching, courageous and written with a crisp eloquence, actor Harewood's account of his psychotic breakdown at the age of 23 sheds stark light on the devastating effect of systemic racism on Black mental health and what can be done to bring about positive change.
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Sidesplitter by Phil Wang

Wang is as original a writer as he is a comedian - Sidesplitter is a predictably hilarious account of his international upbringing, but also quietly moving. 

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Covering ground from comedy to colonialism, comedian Phil Wang delivers a witty, wry and candid reflection on race, belonging, his British-Malaysian heritage and what it means to be from two places.
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Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford

Spufford's first novel, Golden Hill, might be my favourite fiction from the past decade; this new one, which follows five Londoners from the Second World War to 2009, is just as unpredictable, original and true.

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From the author of Golden Hill comes a tender, endlessly inventive novel that resurrects five children killed in a wartime bomb-blast and asks what kind of a future these working-class youths would have had.
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The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

One of the hardest things about British imperial history is getting your head around the East India Company. Dalrymple explains it all in the most elegant prose. Narrative history doesn’t get much more accessible or engaging.

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The riveting history of the East India Company, a private enterprise that became a de facto colonial power, William Dalrymple’s latest book is a cautionary tale about the pernicious effects of capitalism and the dangers of unregulated corporate greed.
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The book I'd like to receive for Christmas:

A Calling for Charlie Barnes by Joshua Ferris

I've read all of his books, and few writers make me laugh and think so hard. 

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A stunning novel from the author of The Dinner Party, A Calling for Charlie Barnes is both a brutally funny portrait of a fantasist father and his truth-hungry son, and a bittersweet elegy to dreams that keep slipping through our fingers.
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Jo Somerset

Great selection except they're all men View more

Jo Somerset
25th November 2021
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