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Nikesh Shukla by Mahtab Hussain

“The signing queue for ‘The Good Immigrant’ was two hours long. And that’s why I write. For that connection. That moment there. That feeling of being seen.”

An author and screenwriter who sees stories as ‘political beasts’ offering ‘windows and mirrors’ to the world.

Nikesh Shukla in conversation with Sanjida O’Connell

From rapper to writer, prior to the publication of his memoir, Brown Baby, Nikesh Shukla talked to Sanjida O’Connell about his writing journey, from coming-of-age Coconut Unlimited to literary fiction, The One who Wrote Destiny


Nikesh Shukla is an author, screenwriter and social commentator. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010. He’s the author of Meatspace, a YA thriller, Run, Riot, a work of literary fiction, The One who Wrote Destiny, and the editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrant, and the co-editor of the US- focused edition of The Good Immigrant.

Nikesh is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Folio Academy. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Roehampton University and the University of Bath. His latest book Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home was published in 2021.