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London: Immigrant City

London: Immigrant City (Hardback)

By Khan-Ostrem, Nazneen
Translated by McCullough, Alison

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'The ultimate book about Great Britain's capital' Dagbladet 'One of the best books of the year! . . . This is a book about what a city is and can be' Aftenposten Nazneen Khan-Ostrem's whole life has been connected to London and the British Empire, and with London she has fulfille...d a long-term ambition to write a book that connects that empire directly with London, to show how the city's inhabitants have created a truly unique metropolis. London's incredible development is directly attributable to the many different groups of immigrants who arrived after the Second World War following the British Nationality Act of 1948. Khan-Ostrem's book captures the historical, cultural and political changes within diverse communities which are seldom considered together. She connects the very many dots to show how truly global London is. In doing so, she has succeeded in overlaying an entirely new map on a city everybody thinks they already know. Nazneen Khan-Ostrem - a British, Muslim, Asian woman, born in Nairobi and raised in the UK and Norway - goes on a quest in London to meet the people who have shaped the most cosmopolitan city in the world, but also to understand more about her own identity. With Britain being more divided than it has been in a generation, and with many calling for an end to immigration, London remains emphatically and proudly a city of immigrants. Drawing on her own experiences, London's rich literature and journeys and encounters around the sprawling city, the author has created an intricate portrait of a truly multi-faceted metropolis. Extensively researched with a view specifically to what has not been covered in the extensive array of existing books, London sheds light on the way the city was rebuilt and transformed after the Second World War largely by immigrants from Britain's former colonies. London's development, as well as that of Britain as a whole, is directly linked to the successive waves of immigration that resulted from the British Nationality Act of 1948. This is first and foremost a celebration of London's diverse immigrant communities, and a timely reminder of just how intrinsic immigrants are to the material and cultural fabric of London - and British - life. It brings London into sharp focus as the city of immigrants that it is, particularly those who arrived after the Nationality Act of 1948, and is timely in the light of the societal fault lines exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic and arguments over Brexit, which even now are ongoing. This sensitive and insightful book has a great deal to say to Londoners as well as to Britain as a whole. Originally published, in Norwegian, as London: Among Gangsters, Rabbis, Oligarchs, Rebels and Other Children of the British Empire, this book has sold an incredible 15,000 copies in hardback in Norway, where it was on the bestseller lists for weeks and where it was selected as one of the best Norwegian non-fiction books of 2019. Dagbladet called London 'the ultimate book about Great Britain's capital' while Aftenposten described it as 'one of the best books of the year . . . about what a city is and can be'.
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ISBN 9781472145727
Released NZ 22 Oct 2021
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: Norwegian)
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ISBN-13 9781472145727
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Robinson
Released 22 Oct 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Language English
Translated from Norwegian
Author(s) By Khan-Ostrem, Nazneen
Translated by McCullough, Alison
Category Social & Cultural History
Immigration & Emigration
Social Issues
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 40mm
Dewey Code 305.8009421
Weight 680g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Immigrants - History - 20th century - England - London, Immigrants - History - 21st century - England - London, London England - History - 20th century, London England - History - 21st century, London England - Emigration and immigration - History - 20th century
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly