What's in a Name? : Friendship, Identity and History in Modern Multicultural Britain-9781529367591

What's in a Name? : Friendship, Identity and History in Modern Multicultural Britain by Banerjee, Sheela

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Author: Banerjee, Sheela

United Kingdom, Great Britain

Published on 3 August 2023 by Hodder & Stoughton (Sceptre) in the United Kingdom.

Hardback | 336 pages
146 x 224 x 31 | 442g

A NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR'A brilliantly enlightening book . . . at times moving, at others ironic, full of insights and detail'Michael Rosen'A kaleidoscopic portrait of the UK . . . with insight and compassion'Irish TimesOur names are so mundane that we barely notice them. Yet each contains countless stories of tradition and belonging - be that a legacy of colonialism or persecution, the desire to fit in, or the complex cultural inheritance from one's parents. In What's in a Name?, Sheela Banerjee unravels the personal histories of friends and family through their names. And while tracing their heritage across centuries and continents - from west London to British India, and from 1960s Jamaica to pre-Revolutionary Russia - Sheela also tells the story of twentieth-century immigration to the UK.

Blending history, memoir and politics, What's in a Name? is a celebration of Britain's rich multiculturalism, an ode to friendship and a testament to all the stories held within our names.

'Absolutely fascinating . . . the stories woven into this superb book will stay with me for a long time. I cannot recommend it highly enough'Priscilla Morris, author of Black Butterflies