5 MINUTES WITH…

Nikesh Shukla, author of the critically acclaimed novel Meatspace, the Costa shortlisted novel Coconut Unlimited and the award-winning novella The Time Machine takes the stage for London Book & Screen Week’s 5-minutes with…

What was the last book you read?
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill. It’s a brutal brilliant YA about rape, consent and online bullying.

And what did you read it on?
Mostly resting between my tum-tum and thighs as I lay in bed.

What’s next on your reading list?
Square Wave by Mark de Silva.

What is your favourite book to screen adaptation?
Submarine, I think.

Where is the best place to read in London?
The Metropolitan Line. You really have to lose yourself in a book to forget you’re on the Metropolitan Line.

What is the best book you’ve read that is set in London?
It’s between NW by Zadie Smith, The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon or Londoners by Craig Taylor.

Which writer would you have loved to have met – and why?
James Smythe. He’s one of my greatest friends and I haven’t seen him in three weeks.

What TV series are you obsessing over right now?
The Good Wife. DIVORCE HIM ALICIA.

Go on, let us know your musical guilty pleasure….
Grime. I’m 36. 36 year olds should probably be migrating from 6 Music to Radio 2 by now. I’m listening to Grime.

…and one from the world of fiction?
Marvel comics.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Sadly, my only option is Aziz Ansari or Tamwar from Eastenders.

What was your first job?
Packing boxes for my dad.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
My mum, cos she’s not around anymore. She’d probably tell me I didn’t use enough salt.

Where would you most like to be right now?
Asleep. I have a young child.

Who has been your greatest inspiration, and why?
Musa Okwonga. Niven Govinden. Salena Godden. Friends with talent and integrity who are unafraid to mentor up-and-comers like me.

Follow Nikesh on Twitter @nikeshshukla and join him at #LondonVoices on Thursday 14 April 2016. But HURRY – tickets are selling out very fast! http://new-londonbookandscreenweek.bitnamiapp.com/event/londons-voices/

The Good Immigrant: essays on race by 21 British writers of colour is out 22nd September 2016. Pre-order your copy here: https://unbound.co.uk/books/the-good-immigrant

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