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Nikesh Shukla tackles life, race and big ideas, with Tina Jackson


Sometimes books take longer to write than you think they’re going to. Sometimes, you’re not quite ready to write them. Sometimes, life gets in the way. Nikesh Shukla started his new novel The One Who Wrote Destiny when he was still in his teens. It’s taken him nearly twenty years to complete it, during which time he’s written novels, short stories, film scripts and journalism, edited the zeitgeist-defining anthology The Good Immigrant and launched two related projects to address issues of diversity in publishing, The Good Journal and The Good Agency. Oh, and he’s also held down a job as a youth worker and had two children of his own.

‘I started writing this book when I was nineteen’, he says. ‘I wanted to write a story of immigration but told from the perspective of a quite ordinary family. I knew this story about my uncle – he was the first person in this country to bring a case of racial discrimination when the Race Relations Act came in. But I was nineteen, I didn’t know myself or the world, and I didn’t get very far.’

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Want to double your story sales? In this month's issue of Writing Magazine we tell you how to turn one idea into two stories. All writers need feedback on their work, and we explore how positive feedback will make you a better writer. Is horror dead? We look at the current state of horror publishing. This month's star interview is author Nikesh Shukla talking about the big issues: life, race and big ideas. Read 20 pages of news about competitions and opportunities to get into print, and there's £60,089 in writing prizes to be won.