Nikesh Shukla at Simon Oldfield Gallery
07 February 2013
Nikesh Shukla is a writer.
His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was published by Quartet Books and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. Metro described it as ‘a riot of cringeworthy moments made real by Shukla’s beautifully observed characters and talent for teen banter’. In 2011 he co-wrote an essay about the London riots for Random House with Kieran Yates, Generation Vexed: What the Riots Don’t Tell Us About Our Nation’s Youth.
His second novel, Meatspace, was published by The Friday Project. ‘Like Douglas Coupland’s Generation X,’ according to the Guardian, ‘this novel captures a cultural moment.’ It’s been lauded by the New Statesman, BBC Radio 4, the Independent on Sunday, and the Daily Mail.
Nikesh is the editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrant, where 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK. The Good Immigrant won the reader’s choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and is shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.
Nikesh’s third novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny, is published by Atlantic Books in April 2018. His first book for teenagers, Run, Riot, will be released in June 2018.
Nikesh is the editor of the literary journal The Good Journal and the co-editor of a US-focused version of The Good Immigrant (Dialogue Books, 2019).
His short stories have featured in Best British Short Stories 2013, Five Dials, The Moth Magazine, Pen Pusher, The Sunday Times, Book Slam, BBC Radio 4, First City Magazine and Teller Magazine. He has written for the Guardian, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC 2. He has, in the past, been writer in residence for BBC Asian Network and Royal Festival Hall.
Nikesh read one of his own short stories at Simon Oldfield Gallery in February 2013. He has written a new short story for Pin Drop’s forthcoming anthology, A Short Affair, published by Scribner on 12th July 2018.