Author(s): Nikesh Shukla
Told over the course of the ten rounds of his first fight, this is the story of amateur boxer Sunny.
A seventeen year old feeling isolated and disconnected in the city he's just moved to, Sunny joins a boxing club to learn to protect himself after a racist attack. He finds the community he's been desperately seeking at the club, and a mentor in trainer Shobu, who helps him find his place in the world. But racial tensions are rising in the city, and when a Far Right march through Bristol turns violent, Sunny is faced with losing his new best friend Keir to radicalisation.
A gripping, life-affirming YA novel about friendship, radicalisation and finding where you belong.
Told over the course of the 10 rounds of his first fight, amateur boxer Sunny Shah is a 17-year-old feeling isolated and disconnected in a new city, where his terminally ill father is being treated. He joins a boxing club to learn to protect himself after a vicious racist attack and finds the community he's been desperately seeking and a mentor in trainer Shobu. But racial tensions are rising, and when a far right march through Bristol turns violent, Sunny is faced with losing his new best friend Keir to radicalisation.
Sunny matures from being naive, trusting and traumatised to discovering his own strengths and to know when to choose to fight. A well-written and timely novel that deals with the rise of white supremacy, fractured family relationships and self-esteem. Recommended for age 14+
This brilliant, very contemporary story of fear, hope, racism, strength, boxing and learning to be yourself. Nikesh Shukla writes with tough fists and a tender heart. The kind of book that will keep any young adult reading. - Matt Haig
Nikesh Shukla's voice is unique, honest and much needed. - Riz Ahmed
Nikesh Shukla is the editor of British Book Award-shortlisted anthology The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays by British writers of colour about race and immigration in the UK. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and his debut YA novel, Run, Riot, was shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Award. Nikesh has written for The Guardian, Observer, Independent, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC2 and BBC Radio 4. Nikesh was one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller's 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.