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The Life and Times of a Very British Man

by Kamal Ahmed - £9.99  Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2019)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781408889244 | ISBN 10: 1408889242

Kamal Ahmed's childhood was very 'British' in every way – except for the fact that he was brown. Half English, half Sudanese, he was raised at a time when being mixed-race meant being told to go home, even when you were born just down the road.

"Compelling. Ahmed writes evocatively of his almost cloyingly British upbringing: life in the suburbs: bucket-and-spade hols, cricket and card games with (white) Granddad. And yet, as Ahmed observes, he has always felt a little alien in his homeland. It is clear that Ahmed has done his homework – spoken to an enormous number of people, read endless studies. The book is a valuable addition to a growing body of work on what it means to be mixed race in modern Britain"
(Sunday Times)
"Captures a country in transition. Even allowing for the lofty vantage point [Ahmed] looks back from as economics editor of the BBC, his story has a touch of the everyman about it. Ahmed recounts all this with elegance and wry humour. You can't fail to be moved."
(The Times)

(Price & availability last checked: June 2019)

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