Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging (Paperback)
  • Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging (Paperback)

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 04/10/2018
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Challenging the harmful legacy of white-centred British history, this is a powerful, hard-hitting examination of modern, divided Britain. Essential reading for our times.

The Sunday Times bestseller that reveals the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain today.

You're British. Your parents are British. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking where you're from? We are a nation in denial about our imperial past and the racism that plagues our present. Brit(ish) is Afua Hirsch's personal and provocative exploration of how this came to be - and an urgent call for change. 

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784705039
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 309 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm

'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.' - Philippe Sands

'Brit(ish) brings together a thoughtful, intelligent, accessible, informative investigation on Britain as a nation not only in the midst of an identity crisis but in denial of what it has been and still is.' - Dolly Alderton

'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.' - David Olusoga

'Memoir, social analysis and an incisively argued challenge to unconscious biases: this is a truly stunning book on racial identity by a remarkable woman.' - Helena Kennedy

'[A] bracing and brilliant exploration of national identity ... Through her often intensely personal investigations, she exposes the everyday racism that plagues British society, caused by our awkward, troubled relationship to our history, arguing that liberal attempts to be colour-blind have caused more problems than they have solved. A book everyone should read: especially comfy, white, middle-class liberals.' - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller, Editor's Choice 

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“The personal is political”

A fantastic exploration of race in Britain today through the lens of Afua Hirsch's own experiences growing up as a mixed-race Briton, from the difficulties of finding beauty products for Afro hair to exploring... More

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“An important and beautiful read”

This book needs to be read by everyone who claims they "don't see colour" or "race doesn't matter". Race needs to be seen, acknowledged and embraced, and this is the perfect book for... More

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“Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch”

This is a book about identity politics, about what it is like to be black and British, or rather black and living in the UK over the last thirty to forty years. This is a book about identity, and that necessarily... More

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