Here at Region of Readers we love discovering new stories which turn into favourite reads.
Nikesh Shukla was a featured writer on our Reading Passport in 2016-17 as a ‘Future Voice’ in the publishing industry. In the summer before its publication publication, we recognised the potential of the Good Immigrant, the seminal collection of essays edited by Nikesh to develop a conversation within the industry.
Released to critical acclaim, the collection demonstrated that there were new ways to engage with the industry. Published by crowdfunding publisher Unbound and involving people whose stories the essays told, as well as the reading public, along the way, The Good Immigrant placed writing by BAME authors firmly in the consciousness of the reading public. As a resulting ‘diversity in publishing’ was presented less an issue or topic for conversation in the industry and more as a state of being. These are the voices that are out there and this is what they have to say. An important book, the collection has gone on to lend its name to The Good Journal, an anthology of writing by BAME writers and The Good Literary Agency run by Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford in the South West and offering literary representation to under represented writers.
Since featuring The Good Immigrant as part of our Region of Readers curated reading list, we’ve been highly anticipating the release of Nikesh’s third novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny and are delighted that today is publication day.
Telling stories of immigration, assimilation and identity, the novel focuses on the interconnected lives of four characters. We anticipate that the novel will weave an emotive and poignantly funny narrative which delves into a subject which is firmly in the minds of the reading public at present. We don’t know about you, but we’re heading out to our local bookshop to make this novel top of our weekend reading list.
We’ll be letting you know our thoughts on The One Who Wrote Destiny shortly and in the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you’ve read or are reading the novel, why not tweet us @readingpassport or share your thoughts on Facebook @ReadingPassportSW and let’s share some brand new recommended reading with our Region of Readers.
Happy publication day Nikesh, wishing you every success from the team at Region of Readers.