You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British.
So why do people keep asking you where you are from?
Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.
In this personal and provocative investigation, Afua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. We are a nation in denial about our past and our present. We believe we are the nation of abolition, but forget we are the nation of slavery. We are convinced that fairness is one of our values, but that immigration is one of our problems. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change.
‘A wonderful, important, courageous book… intimate and troubling; forensic but warm, funny and wise’ – Philippe Sands
‘Highly personal and yet instantly universal, this is a book that millions will instantly relate to… This is the book for our divided and dangerous times’ – David Olusoga
About our guest writer:
Afua Hirsch is a writer and broadcaster. She has worked as a barrister, as the West Africa correspondent for the Guardian, and as social affairs editor for Sky News. Brit(ish) is her first book and was awarded a RSL Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction.
Foyles Grand Central will be providing books for sale and Afua will be signing books at the end of the event.
Tickets are free for Hub members and £5 for non Hub members.