'In this ground-breaking book, Polish-Nigerian author Remi Adekoya paints a nuanced and refreshingly honest picture of the mixed-race experience in Britain that's been sorely lacking in recent years . . . Interspersed with Adekoya's engaging reflections of his own upbringing, crucially, Adekoya seeks to argue that being mixed race is a unique identity in and of itself.'
Wealth of thought-provoking experiences . . . firmly putting biracial Britain on the map
Absorbing . . . refreshingly open-minded . . . [Adekoya is] an exceptionally good listener with an ear for nuance and complexity. If there are tales of emotional suffering, the book strikes a positive note too . . . this book is helping to broaden the conversation
. . . turning assumptions upside down. Largely composed of a mixed-race person sharing, in uninterrupted text, their experiences of growing up in Britain . . . followed by a shorter commentary by Adekoya - offering a more conceptual angle to these personal experiences . . . The effect of this structure is revelatory: many of the assumptions about what it means to be mixed-race are shown to bear only a superficial resemblance to reality
An important treatise . . . there is wisdom to be garnered from the accounts contained within Biracial Britain
A bracing polemic
The publishing world had already begun to reflect a growing appetite for writing on race and racism, and in 2021 the theme is developed and deepened
A valuable new addition to discussions on race
A ground-breaking book . . . Interspersed with Adekoya's engaging reflections of his own upbringing, crucially, Adekoya seeks to argue that being mixed race is a unique identity in and of itself
Barack Obama had a special talent for making different kinds of people feel comfortable around him because of his biracial life experience, says Adekoya. By the same token, Adekoya himself seems poised to become one of the most important and subtle new voices in Britain's never-ending conversation about race
Cheltenham Festival - panel discussion about heritage, family and modern racial identity with Remi Adekoya
11th Oct 2021 3:30 pm
Remi Adekoya will discuss his Sunday Times 'Book of 2021' Biracial Britain, as part of a panel discussion about heritage, family and modern racial identity.