Nikesh Shukla Returns

Book Shambles

Author Nikesh Shukla returns to the podcast this week to chat to Robin and Josie about his new memoir, Brown Baby. They chat about the importance of humour in non-fiction, the idea of writing a memoir to his children and the amusement derived from dropping Marvel Easter Eggs into the book. They also cover parenting, the pointlessness of Twitter arguments and Nikesh’s daughter’s desire for the episode to be over so they can have lunch.

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

Brown Baby by Nikesh Shukla

The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

Hunger by Roxanne Gay

I’m a Joke and So Are You by Robin Ince

The work of Richard Yates

A Swim in the Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World, retold by Bolu Babalola

The Girl and the Goddess: Stories and Poems of Divine Wisdom by Nikita Gill

That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry

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