Londonstani, Gautam Malkani's electrifying debut, exposes a city where young Asians (desis) struggle with white boys (goras) to assert their own brands of Britishness in the shadow of the divergent cultures of their parent's generation. Funny, crude, disturbing, written in the vibrant language of its protagonists - a mix of slang, texting, Panjabi and bastardised gangsta rap - Londonstani is about many things: tribalism, aggressive masculinity, integration, cross-cultural chirpsing techniques, the urban scene seeping into the mainstream, bling bling economics, 'complicated family-related shit'. It is one of the most surprising British novels of recent years.
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Brilliant Debut NovelUser Review - Leigh Koonce - Borders
This has to be one of the best books I've ever read. Malkani provides such vivid detail, I felt like I was walking around the streets of London with his characters. He captures the unique slang of his ... Read full review
LondonstaniUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
First-time novelist Malkani has written an astonishing, laugh-out-loud, first-person narrative about a 19-year-old Londoner who wants desperately to fit in with his Indian gangsta mates. Bookish Jas ... Read full review