Our guest on episode 8 is Nikesh Shukla, writer, editor, rapper, and advocate for BAME voices in publishing. We talked about the pervasiveness of social media, the upcoming US edition of The Good Immigrant, and his response to the ubiquity of fictional white boys with dogs called Timmy.

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Books mentioned on the show:

Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, by Lucy Mangan

Dear Mrs. Bird, by A J Pearce

In Our Mad and Furious City, by Guy Gunaratne

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder, by Sarah Harris

Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller

Transcription, by Kate Atkinson

Coconut Unlimited, by Nikesh Shukla

Meatspace, by Nikesh Shukla

The Good Immigrant, ed. Nikesh Shukla

The One Who Wrote Destiny, by Nikesh Shukla

Feel Free: Essays, by Zadie Smith

The Adulterants, by Joe Dunthorne

I Still Dream, by Jane Smythe

The Buddha of Suburbia, by Hanif Kureshi

Happiness for Humans, by PZ Reizin

The Fandom, by Anna Day

Hearts And Minds: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote, by Jane Robinson

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, by Joanna Cannon

Three Things About Elsie, by Joanna Cannon

Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan

(A note on my book links: they take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or even better, an independent bookshop.)