by Banerjee, Sheela | United Kingdom, Great Britain
Published 03/08/2023 by Hodder & Stoughton (Sceptre) in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 336 pages
‘A brilliantly enlightening book . . .at times moving, at others ironic, full of insights and detail’ Michael Rosen
‘A kaleidoscopic portrait of the UK’ Irish Times
Our 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.