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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 44 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book The Chinese in Britain: A History of Visitors and Settlers by Barclay Price
    The Chinese in Britain: A History of Visitors and Settlers - by Barclay Price

    £10.99   paperback   (2024) - ISBN 13: 9781398119512 | ISBN 10: 1398119512

    Today over 400,000 Chinese live in Britain, many more attend British universities, and an increasing number visit Britain on business and as tourists. But until now, there has been no comprehensive history of the Chinese who came to the country. This ... more

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  • Cover image of book Desi Pubs: A Guide to British-Indian Pubs, Food and Culture by David Jesudason
    Desi Pubs: A Guide to British-Indian Pubs, Food and Culture - by David Jesudason

    £14.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781852493851 | ISBN 10: 1852493852

    In this new book, the first of its kind, award-winning British-Asian journalist and beer writer David Jesudason travels the length and breadth of the country, visiting over 200 'desi pubs' run by British-Indian landlords who have stamped their unique ... more

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  • Cover image of book Departure & Return: One Family, Two Countries and a World of Connections by Denis Wong
    Departure & Return: One Family, Two Countries and a World of Connections - by Denis Wong

    £16.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781801000031 | ISBN 10: 1801000034

    “A deeply engaging and elegantly told story of two-way passages between China and Britain” ~ Gregor Benton, Emeritus Professor of Chinese History at Cardiff University   Who am I? This question is often asked in youth, as a part of “coming o ... more

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  • Cover image of book M(other)land: What I
    M(other)land: What I've Learnt about Parenthood, Race and Identity - by Priya Joi

    £16.99   hardback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9780241574317 | ISBN 10: 0241574315

    'This is the kind of book I wish I had access to as a young mum' Nadiya Hussain   What does it mean to be a parent in a space where you are the minority?   Meandering through a supermarket highway of camembert and baguettes, Priya Joi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories by Kavita Puri
    Partition Voices: Untold British Stories - by Kavita Puri

    £9.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781526638403 | ISBN 10: 1526638401

    UPDATED FOR THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF PARTITION  'Puri does profound and elegant work bringing forgotten narratives back to life. It's hard to convey just how important this book is' Sathnam Sanghera   'The most humane account of partiti ... more

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  • Cover image of book Ricky Reel: Silence Is Not An Option by Sukhdev Reel
    Ricky Reel: Silence Is Not An Option - by Sukhdev Reel

    £10.00   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781914143571 | ISBN 10: 1914143574

    On 14 October 1997 Ricky Reel went missing following a racist attack in Kingston upon Thames. His three friends, who had also been racially abused, were able to regroup but Ricky never did. Seven days later Ricky’s body was found at the bottom of t ... more

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  • Cover image of book East Side Voices: Essays Celebrating East and Southeast Asian Identity in Britain by Helena Lee (Editor)
    East Side Voices: Essays Celebrating East and Southeast Asian Identity in Britain - by Helena Lee (Editor)

    £9.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781529344509 | ISBN 10: 1529344506

    In this bold, first-of-its kind collection, East Side Voices invites us to explore a dazzling spectrum of experience from the East and Southeast Asian diaspora living in Britain today.   Showcasing original essays and poetry from well-known celeb ... more

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  • Cover image of book Haramacy: A collection of stories prescribed by voices from the Middle East, South Asia... by Dhruva Balram, Tara Joshi and Zahed Sultan (Editors)
    Haramacy: A collection of stories prescribed by voices from the Middle East, South Asia... - by Dhruva Balram, Tara Joshi and Zahed Sultan (Editors)

    £10.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781800181328 | ISBN 10: 1800181329

    'A beautiful love letter to the diaspora, Haramacy is an essential collection of essays that push the conversation forward on issues to do with visibility, mental health, race and class' Nikesh Shukla   'A superbly crafted collection of essays. Of ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Secret Diary of a British Muslim Aged 13 3/4 by Tez Ilyas
    The Secret Diary of a British Muslim Aged 13 3/4 - by Tez Ilyas

    £9.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9780751582192 | ISBN 10: 0751582190

    The incredible Sunday Times bestseller.  ‘Essential...A complex blend of overexcited Adrian Mole-like anecdotes mixed with shocking moments of racism and insights into Muslim religious practices’ Sunday Times  ‘Authentic, fu ... more

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  • Cover image of book Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home by Nikesh Shukla
    Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home - by Nikesh Shukla

    £9.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781529033373 | ISBN 10: 1529033373

    How do you find hope and even joy in a world that is racist, sexist and facing climate crisis? How do you prepare your children for it, but also fill them with all the boundlessness and eccentricity that they deserve and that life has to offer?  ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Suspect: Counterterrorism, Islam, and the Security State by Rizwaan Sabir
    The Suspect: Counterterrorism, Islam, and the Security State - by Rizwaan Sabir

    £18.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9780745338484 | ISBN 10: 0745338488

    What impact has two decades' worth of policing and counterterrorism had on the state of mind of Muslims in Britain? The Suspect draws on the author's experiences to take the reader on a journey through British counterterrorism practices and the polic ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies by Sathnam Sanghera
    The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies - by Sathnam Sanghera

    £10.99   paperback   (2021) - ISBN 13: 9780141028590 | ISBN 10: 0141028599

    "It's 1979, I'm three years old, and like all breakfast times during my youth it begins with Mum combing my hair, a ritual for which I have to sit down on the second-hand, floral-patterned settee, and lean forward, like I'm presenting myself for exec ... more

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  • Cover image of book We
    We're Here Because You Were There: Immigration and the End of Empire - by Ian Sanjay Patel

    £20.00   hardback   (2021) - ISBN 13: 9781788737678 | ISBN 10: 1788737679

    What are the origins of the hostile environment for immigrants in Britain?  Drawing on new archival material from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ian Sanjay Patel retells Britain's recent history in an often shocking account of state ra ... more

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  • Cover image of book 99 Immigrants Who Made Britain Great by Louis Stewart and Naomi Kenyon
    99 Immigrants Who Made Britain Great - by Louis Stewart and Naomi Kenyon

    £20.00   hardback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781912454334 | ISBN 10: 1912454335

    This beautifully illustrated book, with an introduction by Bonnie Greer, celebrates the lives of 99 inspirational immigrants. From Hans Holbein to Raheem Sterling, Freddie Mercury to Judith Kerr, and Joan Armatrading to Malala Yousafzai, it tells the ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim
    A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim's Journey to Acceptance - by Mohsin ZaidI

    £14.99   hardback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781529110142 | ISBN 10: 1529110149

    A coming of age memoir about growing up queer in a strict Muslim household.  Mohsin grew up in a poor pocket of east London, in a devout shia Muslim community. His family were close-knit and religiously conservative.  From a young age, M ... more

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  • Cover image of book Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France
    Naturally Tan: A Memoir - by Tan France

    £9.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9780753553732 | ISBN 10: 0753553732

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  'The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will b ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Corner Shop: Shopkeepers, the Sharmas and the Making of Modern Britain by Babita Sharma
    The Corner Shop: Shopkeepers, the Sharmas and the Making of Modern Britain - by Babita Sharma

    £9.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781473673236 | ISBN 10: 1473673232

    'I come from a hidden world: I am the daughter of shopkeepers. I've seen you on a Sunday morning, nipping out to get a pint of milk or to grab a newspaper. I came to know a lot about you; whether your politics leaned to the right or left, whether you ... more

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  • Cover image of book Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen by Amrou Al-Kadhi
    Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen - by Amrou Al-Kadhi

    £16.99   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780008306069 | ISBN 10: 0008306060

    A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir about the author’s journey from a god-fearing Muslim boy to a proud, queer drag queen.   My name is Amrou Al-Kadhi – by day. By night, I am Glamrou, an empowered, confident and acerbic drag queen who wears ... more

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  • Cover image of book Greetings from Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor
    Greetings from Bury Park - by Sarfraz Manzoor

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781526612083 | ISBN 10: 1526612089

    A charming and poignant memoir of growing up during the eighties as both a Pakistani Muslim and Bruce Springsteen fan.  Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when his family emigrated from Pakistan to join his father in Bury Park, Luton. His teenage ... more

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  • Cover image of book Finding A Voice: Asian Women in Britain by Amrit Wilson
    Finding A Voice: Asian Women in Britain - by Amrit Wilson

    £13.95   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781988832012 | ISBN 10: 1988832012

    First published in 1978, and winning the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize for that year, Finding a Voice established a new discourse on South Asian women’s lives and struggles in Britain. Through discussions, interviews and intimate one-to-one con ... more

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  • Cover image of book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
    Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging - by Afua Hirsch

    £10.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781784705039 | ISBN 10: 1784705039

    Where are you really from?   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 abou ... more

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  • Cover image of book Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills
    Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain - by Clair Wills

    £10.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780141974972 | ISBN 10: 0141974974

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2018 TLS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017  The battered and exhausted Britain of 1945 was desperate for workers - to rebuild, to fill the factories, to make the new NHS work. From all over the world and with many motiv ... more

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  • Cover image of book Curry: Eating, Reading and Race by Naben Ruthnum
    Curry: Eating, Reading and Race - by Naben Ruthnum

    £7.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781925603668 | ISBN 10: 1925603660

    No two curries are the same. Curry asks why the dish is supposed to represent everything brown people eat, read, and do. Curry is a dish that doesn’t quite exist, but, as this wildly funny and sharp essay points out, a dish that doesn’t properly ... more

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  • Cover image of book Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills
    Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain - by Clair Wills

    £25.00   hardback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781846147166 | ISBN 10: 1846147166

    The battered and exhausted Britain of 1945 was desperate for workers - to rebuild, to fill the factories, to make the new NHS work. From all over the world and with many motives, thousands of individuals took the plunge. Most assumed they would spend ... more

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  • Cover image of book Sugar, Sugar: Bitter Sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers by Lainy Malkani
    Sugar, Sugar: Bitter Sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers - by Lainy Malkani

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781908446602 | ISBN 10: 1908446609

    A fascinating web of honey-coloured threads linking Indian migrant workers, who first left the Sub-Continent more than a hundred and fifty years ago, and their descendants now living in contemporary Britain.   Sugar Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Editor)
    The Good Immigrant - by Nikesh Shukla (Editor)

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781783523955 | ISBN 10: 1783523956

    How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport?   Or be told that, as an actress, the part you’re most fitted to play is ‘wife of a terrorist’? How does it feel to have words from your nativ ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write by Sabrina Mahfouz (Editor)
    The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write - by Sabrina Mahfouz (Editor)

    £12.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780863561467 | ISBN 10: 0863561462

    From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists, the writers in this ground-breaking collection blow away the narrow image of the ‘Muslim Woman’.   Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as ... more

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  • Cover image of book Grunwick: The Workers
    Grunwick: The Workers' Story - by Jack Dromey and Graham Taylor

    £12.00   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781910448946 | ISBN 10: 191044894x

    Grunwick was the strike that changed the rules of the game.   It changed the way the unions thought about race, about their own core values, and about the best way to organise among the new immigrant communities coming to Britain in the 1970s. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Exotic England: The Making of a Curious Nation by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
    Exotic England: The Making of a Curious Nation - by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781846274206 | ISBN 10: 1846274206

    England may be a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world beyond their shoreline.   From the nation's modern origins in the Renaissance, travellers have eagerly roamed the glob ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hopeful: An Autobiography by Omid Djalili
    Hopeful: An Autobiography - by Omid Djalili

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781472218667 | ISBN 10: 1472218663

    A beautifully written, joyously funny memoir about growing up and finding fame as a young Iranian in London. Omid Djalili's childhood was unconventional, to say the least. He was raised in a beautiful, chaotic, cramped, colourful and legally dubiou ... more

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  • Cover image of book Black and Asian Theatre In Britain: A History by Colin Chambers
    Black and Asian Theatre In Britain: A History - by Colin Chambers

    £34.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780415375986 | ISBN 10: 0415375983

    Black and Asian Theatre in Britain is an unprecedented study tracing the history of the Other through the ages in British theatre. The diverse and often contradictory aspects of this history are expertly drawn together to provide a detailed backgro ... more

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  • Cover image of book From Citizen to Refugee: Uganda Asians Come to Britain by Mahmood Mamdani
    From Citizen to Refugee: Uganda Asians Come to Britain - by Mahmood Mamdani

    £15.95   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781906387570 | ISBN 10: 1906387575

    This vivid autobiographical account of Idi Amin's 1972 expulsion of the Uganda Asians and their experiences in refugee camps in Britain is as pertinent today as when first published. With a new introduction by the author, Mahmood Mamdani explores the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Through Thick and Thin: My Autobiography by Gok Wan
    Through Thick and Thin: My Autobiography - by Gok Wan

    £7.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780091938383 | ISBN 10: 0091938384

    With his infectious energy and charisma, Gok Wan has an incredible gift of making women feel more confident within themselves - but its not until you read his own inspirational story that you find out where he got that gift from.   Gok g ... more

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  • Cover image of book We are a Muslim, Please by Zaiba Malik
    We are a Muslim, Please - by Zaiba Malik

    £12.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780099522270 | ISBN 10: 0099522276

    For Zaiba Malik, growing up in Bradford in the '70s and '80s certainly has its moments - staying up all night during Ramadan with her father; watching mad Mr Aziz searching for his goat during Eid; dancing along to Top of the Pops (so long as no-one' ... more

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  • Cover image of book Who Are We - And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? by Gary Younge
    Who Are We - And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? - by Gary Younge

    £10.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780141029948 | ISBN 10: 0141029943

    What does it mean to call yourself British in the 21st century?  If Obama was raised by his white mother, why is he the first black president?  Why do Muslims feel more at home in America, which invaded Iraq, than in France, which opposed the ... more

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  • Cover image of book British Asian Fiction: Twenty-First-Century Voices by Sarah Upstone
    British Asian Fiction: Twenty-First-Century Voices - by Sarah Upstone

    £16.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780719078330 | ISBN 10: 0719078334

    This is the first text to focus solely on the writing of British writers of South Asian descent born or raised in Britain. Exploring the unique contribution of these writers, it positions their work within debates surrounding black British, diasporic ... more

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  • Cover image of book Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience by Ziauddin Sardar
    Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience - by Ziauddin Sardar

    £9.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781847080820 | ISBN 10: 1847080820

    Ziauddin Sardar, whose acclaimed Desperately Seeking Paradise demystified Islam, gives his humane, sharp and witty perspective on the experience of being a British Asian. Sardar travels to the main Asian communities in the UK, to Leicester and Bi ... more

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  • Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour - by Hsiao-Hung Pai

    £13.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141035680 | ISBN 10: 0141035684

    You know the people in this book. You'll remember the harassed waitress from your local Chinese restaurant. You've noticed those builders across the street working funny hours and without helmets. You've eaten the lettuce they picked, or bought the m ... more

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  • Cover image of book Picklehead: From Ceylon to Suburbia - A Memoir of Food, Family and Finding Yourself by Rohan Candappa
    Picklehead: From Ceylon to Suburbia - A Memoir of Food, Family and Finding Yourself - by Rohan Candappa

    £9.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780091897796 | ISBN 10: 0091897793

    Part memoir of growing up Asian in 70s South London, part travel-history and part an exotic meditation on the importance of food, Picklehead is a book like no other. When it's not making you laugh, it's making you think or making you hungry. And some ... more

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  • Cover image of book What the Chinese Don
    What the Chinese Don't Eat - by Xinran

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780099501527 | ISBN 10: 009950152x

    In June 2003 Xinran began writing about China for her weekly column in the Guardian. She has covered a vast range of topics from food to sex education, and from the experiences of British mothers who have adopted Chinese daughters, to whether Chinese ... more

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  • Cover image of book Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the East End by Tarquin Hall
    Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the East End - by Tarquin Hall

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780719565564 | ISBN 10: 0719565561

    An Afghan poaches a goose from the local park for Christmas dinner, asylum seekers try to rescue an Albanian girl sold into prostitution, a Bangladeshi teenager battles her family to be allowed to go to Cambridge, and an elderly Jewish widow reveals ... more

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  • Cover image of book After Empire by Paul Gilroy
    After Empire - by Paul Gilroy

    £23.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780415343084 | ISBN 10: 0415343089

    What is the future for mulitculturalism? Can we move beyond the melancholic celebration of past glories embodied in the cry "two world wars and one World Cup" to imagine a modern, mulitcultural British identity?In this important new book, Paul Gilro ... more

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  • Cover image of book Asians In Britain: 400 Years of History by Rozina Visram
    Asians In Britain: 400 Years of History - by Rozina Visram

    £26.99   paperback   (2002) - ISBN 13: 9780745313733 | ISBN 10: 0745313736

    In this groundbreaking book Rozina Visram offers an extensively researched, comprehensive study of Asians from the Indian subcontinent in Britain. Spanning four centuries, it tells the history of the Indian community in Britain from the first recorde ... more

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  • Cover image of book On Not Speaking Chinese: Living Between Asia and the West by Ien Ang
    On Not Speaking Chinese: Living Between Asia and the West - by Ien Ang

    £25.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780415259132 | ISBN 10: 0415259134

    In this major new book, leading cultural thinker Ien Ang engages with urgent questions of identity in an age of globalization and diaspora. The starting point for Ang's discussion is the experience of visiting Taiwan. Ang, a person of Chinese descent ... more

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