"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?" begins Hirsch in her personal and provocative exploration of Britain, its imperial past and the racism that plagues its present.
A courageous book that feels even more timely today than when it was first released two years ago, Brit(ish) shines the spotlight on identity and belonging in 21st-century Britain: troubling and forensic; funny and wise.
"The book for our divided and dangerous times" – David Olusoga.
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Afua Hirsch is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is a columnist for the Guardian, and appears regularly on the BBC, Sky News and CNN. Brit(ish) is her first book and was awarded a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction.
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