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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging written and read by Afua Hirsch.

Afua Hirsch is British. Her parents are British. She was raised, educated and socialised in Britain. Her partner, her daughter, her sister and the vast majority of her friends are British. So why is her identity and sense of belonging a subject of debate? The reason is simply because of the colour of her skin.

Blending history, memoir and individual experiences, Afua Hirsch reveals the identity crisis at the heart of Britain today. Far from affecting only minority people, Britain is a nation in denial about its past and its present. We believe we are the nation of abolition, but forget we are the nation of slavery. We sit proudly at the apex of the Commonwealth, but we flinch from the legacy of the empire. 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.

©2018 Afua Hirsch (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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" Brit(ish) is a wonderful, important, courageous book, and it could not be more timely: a vital and necessary point of reference for our troubled age in a country that seems to have lost its bearings. It's about identity and belonging in 21st-century Britain: intimate and troubling; forensic but warm, funny and wise." (Philippe Sands)

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An excellent insight into growing up non-white in the UK

This book conveys brilliantly the nuances, the everyday struggles and the messages received while growing up as a non- white living in Britain. Afua does an excellent job in articulating the deeper and subtle issues of race and identity by using her own life to depict this.

The book is a must read for non-white British who are first generation decedents and beyond.

It is a must read for white British parents who have children of mixed races or for those who simply wish to understand what it means to be non-white in the UK.

It intellectually dissect the British mindset of whites and non-whites from colonialism to Brexit and Afua doesn’t shy away from her own mindset and gives her honest and critical thoughts of her own life and perceptions of UK and the countries of her parents origin.

Her words were filled with emotion and her characters she depicts from her husband through to her aristocratic house mate made the book a great listen.

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So much insight

Firstly, I really like the fact this audio book is read by it's author, I feel like you hear it how you are supposed to. It is also great to read it from a UK viewpoint instead of the typical American one. Much of the content rang true to me and I loved the use of quotes and mentions of other books to add to my reading list.

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Captivating and eye opening

A very captivating book, highlighting modern day Britain's relation with race. Relevant for anyone living in the UK and beyond.

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This is such an important topic and needs to be heard

Great thoughts from a wonderful author who investigates the complexity of race and identity to open up the conversation in an honest way

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Unexpected excellent breakdown of UK culture

loved it, afua does a great job of opening the readers eyes to the struggles of those both black and brown but also those who grow up outside of traditional working class environments. Essential reading

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A perfect response to 'Britishness'

For anyone struggling to have the critical conversations on race, so desperately needed in the UK, this book offers a unique insight into the perspective of black, brown and white Britishness.

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Brilliant eye opener.

The content was brilliant. I would recommend this book to anyone beginning the search for their Black heritage. Great opinions that helped me understand how to be resiliane to this world but to challenge ideals that should be spoken about.

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Amazing

This has been an eye opening book! A good mix of our history and what we live in a daily life!! Well done well written <3

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Going right back to page 1 for a re-read

Brilliantly observed and beautifully written, this is and will be the book of 2018 for me. Even better read by the wonderfully talented author herself. Stories she told about her personal life were powerful and fascinating, and the research into history and present day was grounded and convincing. Excellent read! I’ve learned so much.

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Mixtape Madness salutes this book

Insightful and explained the narrative of many and their forgotten value to the fabric of society

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I feel Brit(ish) too!

"So where are you from?"
"Ealing"
"No, where are you FROM?"
"Oh, do you mean where are my parents from?"
"Yes"
"Oh, they are from Ealing too!"
"No, where do they come from?"

If like many Londoners you have had this conversation while growing up you will appreciate Hirsch's perspectives around growing up Black British.

Often others won't see you as British despite the fact that your parents, grandparents and maybe their parents were all British citizens or British subjects or some combination of the two.

An excellent book about the search for identity which is well read by the author.

This is maybe the third book that I have written a review of in over 12 years of being an audible member. Definitely worth a credit.