Nikesh Shukla on Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home

Nikesh Shukla is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award), Meatspace, and the critically acclaimed The One Who Wrote Destiny.

Nikesh’s latest book is Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home (2021). In this special interview for Good Grief, Nikesh joins Dr Lesel Dawson, from the University of Bristol, to talk about the influences and hopes that inspired and shaped the book.

Waterstones says, ‘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.’

Nikesh is also editor of the highly acclaimed collection of essays, The Good Immigrant (2016), and has been named one of the most influential people in British publishing.


Nikesh Shukla (c) Jon Aitken 2021

Nikesh Shukla

Dr Lesel Dawson