The Good Immigrant

Nikesh Shukla, Nikesh Shukla (Edited by), Nikesh Shukla (Read by), Varaidzo (Read by), Chimene Suleyman (Read by), Vera Chok (Read by), Daniel York Loh (Read by), Himesh Patel (Read by), Nish Kumar (Read by), Reni Eddo-Lodge (Read by), Wei Ming Kam (Read by), Darren Chetty (Read by), Kieran Yates (Read by), Coco Khan (Read by), Inua Ellams (Read by), Sabrina Mahfouz (Read by), Riz Ahmed (Read by), Sarah Sahim (Read by), Salena Godden (Read by), Miss L (Read by), Bim Adewunmi (Read by), Vinay Patel (Read by), Musa Okwonga (Read by)

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Good Immigrant, read by the authors.

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’? How does it feel 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? How does it feel 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.

Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants – job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees – until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and – most importantly – real.

  • Cornerstone Digital
  • Published 3rd May 2017
  • 420 Minutes
  • £10.00