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One of Them

By Musa Okwonga

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An Eton College memoir

Publication date: April 2021
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About the book

One day my therapist said to me: “You are open to discussing your race. You are open to discussing your bisexuality. But you never talk about your five years at Eton College. You always seem to skim over it.”

Well, given that so many of Britain’s prominent political figures attended my boarding school, I have decided that it is time to stop skimming, and that is why I am writing this book. I had a great education there, and made many great friends. At the same time, I have often wondered why a place that was so good for me seems to be part of the harm that is being done to our country.

When I look back at my teenage years, I see the roots of two modern trends which largely seemed unthinkable back then. When I look at my time at Eton, I see the genesis of Brexit. When I look at my time growing up in a small suburb in Greater London, I see the rise of the far-right. My new book, One of Them, will attempt to examine both.

Anyone who has ever read my work knows that it is often very personal. At the same time, I am frightened to write this, because in many ways I am still a very private person. But I think that I need to write this, because I do not think that we can understand modern Britain without an intimate exploration of race and class. I have always believed that to understand where we are going as a society, we need to understand how we got here, and so this book will be my contribution to that conversation.

There are times when this book will be angry, there will be times when it will be affectionate, but I can promise that it will always be honest. I hope that you will find it of interest.

ABOUT THE BOOK

  • B-format paperback - 198 x 129mm
  • 224 pages
  • Unique, never-before-told story
  • An important and timely look at race and class in modern Britain
  • New pledge levels and stretch goals to be revealed

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