Nikesh Shukla


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Early life and career

Shukla was born in the London suburb Harrow, London, Harrow. He attended Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, Merchant Taylors' school in Northwood, leaving in 1996.



Shukla is the author of three novels: ''Coconut Unlimited'' (2010), ''Meatspace'' (2014) and ''The One Who Wrote Destiny'' (2018). He is also the author of two books for Young Adults: ''Run, Riot'' (2018) and ''The Boxer'' (2019). In 2017 he one of was one of the co-founders of the Jhalak Prize awarded annually to British or British resident writers of colour. In 2019 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was a Folio Prize, Rathbones Folio Prize Mentor in 2019–2020. ''Brown Baby'', a memoir addressed to his young daughter, was published in 2021. He hosts a podcast of the same name.


Shukla co-wrote the short film ''Two Dosas'' with Sarmad Masud. It starred Himesh Patel. After Danny Boyle awarded the film Best Short at the 2017 Shuffle Festival, Boyle cast Patel in the title role of Jack in ''Yesterday (2019 film), Yesterday'' (2019).


Shukla has been a columnist for ''The Observer''s magazine supplement and ''The Pool''.

Radio and podcasts

In January 2019, Shukla appeared in series 47 of the BBC Radio 4 show ''Great Lives'', nominating Pakistani wrestler The Great Gama (1878–1960). Shukla hosted a podcast called ''The Subaltern podcast'', in which he has conversations with writers about writing. He also co-hosted a podcast called ''Meat Up, Hulk Out'' with sci-fi writer James Smythe (novelist), James Smythe.

Selected works and publications


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* 2014: ''Two Dosas'' (short film) - co-writer * 2011: ''Kabadasses'' (TV series)


* 2010: Costa Book Awards, first novel, short-list for ''Coconut Unlimited'' * 2010: Desmond Elliott Prize, long-list for ''Coconut Unlimited'' * 2014: Aspen Shortsfest's "Best Comedy" Short Film for ''Two Dosas'' * 2013: Sabotage Awards, Best Novella for ''The Time Machine'' * 2014: London Calling Plus "Jury Award" for ''Two Dosas'' * 2014: Shuffle Festival, Best Short for ''Two Dosas'' * 2016: Liberty (advocacy group), Liberty Human Rights Award, shortlist * 2016: Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards, reader's choice for ''The Good Immigrant'' * 2016: British Book Awards, Book of the Year short-list for ''The Good Immigrant'' * 2016: ''The Bookseller''s 100 most influential people in publishing * 2016: ''Foreign Policy''s 100 Global Thinkers * 2019: ''Time (magazine), Time'' magazine, one of the twelve leaders shaping the next generation of artists * 2019: CrimeFest Awards, Best YA for ''Run, Riot'' * 2019: National Book Awards (United Kingdom), National Book Awards, short-list for ''Run, Riot'' * 2019: Royal Society of Literature, Fellow * 2021: List of people who have declined a British honour, Declined offer of Order of the British Empire, MBE for services to literature in the Queen's birthday honours list.


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