The Good Immigrant

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Who are we? It’s a simple question with infinite answers. In this extraordinary anthology titled The Good Immigrant (crowned Britain’s Favourite Book of 2016 and hailed as important and timely by JK Rowling) 21 writers of colour explore life in today’s Britain. Join the debate with readings and discussion from Coco Khan, Chimene Suleyman and Darren Chetty, and music from DJ Tone.


How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport?

Or be told that, as an actress, the part you’re most fitted to play is ‘wife of a terrorist’? To have words from your native language misused, misappropriated and used aggressively towards you? How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? To go ‘home’ to India when your home is really London? What is it like to feel you always have to be an ambassador for your race? How does it feel to always tick ‘Other’?

Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want you, doesn’t truly accept you – however many generations you’ve been here – but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms.

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