Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home (Hardback)
  • Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home (Hardback)
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Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home (Hardback)

Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 04/02/2021
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With humour and heart-rending honesty, Nikesh Shukla reflects on fatherhood, feminism, racial politics and how we become ourselves in this memoir that is as elegantly written as it is compassionate.

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. With writing that will both fill and open your heart, this by turns, heartbreaking, hilariously funny and intensely relatable memoir is dedicated to the author's two young daughters, and is in remembrance of the grandmother they never got to meet. Through love, grief, food, fatherhood and the often cluttered experiences that make us each who we are, Shukla shows how it's possible to believe in hope.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529032918
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 370 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 30 mm


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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, author of Girl, Woman, Other

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

So honest, I found myself, engulfed, consumed. I could feel myself in the room with Nikesh. - Nadiya Hussain

A masterpiece ... 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 ... I know that I will read this love letter of a book often, it has become an old friend that I take with me everywhere. - Nikita Gill

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 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, The Guilty Feminist

An unforgettable love letter that stretches into both the past and the future, aching with longing and loss, firecracker humour, fury at the wrongs of the world but, above all, great beauty, pride and hope. Heartbreaking and brilliant. - Rachel Edwards

Brown Baby is a heartbreakingly honest exploration of grief, loss, and what it means to belong. Shukla’s vulnerability is deeply moving; this memoir will stay with me for a long time. - Louise O’ Neill

Brown Baby is a gorgeous love letter from a father to his daughter. It is also a raw and necessary reckoning with the forces that shape the way we view ourselves and others. In this way, it is a love letter to us all, by turns hilarious, scathing, searching, and tender. Truly, Brown Baby is a treasure. - Tania James, author of The Tusk That Did The Damage

I’m awestruck by its intimacy and how densely packed with important questions it is. - Anoushka Shankar

[Brown Baby] has wisdom about being an ally I will remember for life, some of the best male writing about eating and emotional pain I have ever come across and is one of the very best examples of a story which is deeply personal feeling truly universal. - Alexandra Heminsley

Funny, moving and utterly relevant to where we’re at right now, do not miss this beautiful book - Best new non-fiction for 2021, Stylist

A brave, funny and rather lovely read. - Best books coming out in 2021, iNews

Part state of the nation tract, part love letter to his family – the personal and political are fused in this masterpiece. - Nish Kumar

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“Very Personal Memoir”

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This is a deeply personal and emotional book. I applaud the author for the openness and vulnerability displayed. Dissecting topics... More

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“A memoir unlike any other - a must read for all”

Brown Baby is unlike any memoir I have read, it is littered with questions and answers and does not follow a traditional birth-present overview of the author. This worked perfectly with Shukla's writing style as... More

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“Tough Topics Handled with Love, Honesty & Humour”

Brown Baby was a delight to read from start to finish and I would highly recommend this book to absolutely everyone. Nikesh's open, self-deprecating approach to telling his story is wonderfully endearing. While... More

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