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Summary

How does it feel when your heritage isn't listed as an option on an identification form?

What is it like to grow up as the only person in your family who looks like you?

Where do you belong if you are simultaneously seen as being 'too much' of one race and 'not enough' of another to fit neatly into society's expectations?

The mixed population is the fastest-growing group in the UK today, but the mainstream conversation around mixedness is stilted, repetitive and often problematic. At a time when ethnically ambiguous models fill our Instagram feeds and our high street shop windows, and when children of interracial relationships are lauded as heralding in the dawn of a post-racial utopia, journalist Natalie Morris takes a deep dive into what it really means to be mixed in Britain today.  

From blackfishing to the fetishisation of mixed babies; from the complexities of passing and code-switching to navigating the world of work and dating, Natalie explores the ways in which all of these issues uniquely impact those of mixed heritage. Drawing from a wealth of research, interviews and her own personal experiences, in Mixed/Other, Natalie's aims to dismantle the stereotypes that have plagued mixed people for generations and to amplify the voices of mixed Britons today, shining a light on the struggles and the joys that come with being mixed.

©2021 Natalie Morris (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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"A rare find." (Loyle Carner)

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an important listen

A really good discussion on mixed backgrounds and the differences in our stories, I found this very helpful to listen to as a mixed race person. I will be recommending it to non-mixed people too as the author explains a lot of the issues we face very well, through her own experiences and interviews with others from a broad range of backgrounds. Rare to find a book that mixed individuals can relate so much to! Also the narration is clear and easy to listen to.

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The book I've always needed

Devoured this in 2 days. Really affirming and comforting, so many parallels to my life and the stories contained.
The mixed race story is a rarely told one and I needed this!
Thank you Natalie Morris.