A book to commission

October 6 2008

“There are books about Britain written by foreigners who speak English as a first language and who share most of Britain’s cultural assumptions. But what the travel writing market needs – and what I would most definitely commission if I were a publisher – is accounts of Britain written by people entirely wrapped up in the perspectives of their African or Asian villages, people who would find ordering a meal in English a challenge.”

Robin Yassin-Kassab should get on the board of Saqi Books and commission it or write it himself. Ben Okri, the English Paulo Coelho, dishes up Africa for Islington, but will never tell these stories.

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