Nikesh Shukla visit

On 11th November, we were delighted to welcome Nikesh Shukla to Gordano School, who spoke to all year 9 students about his latest Young Adult book, The Boxer (which has just been nominated for the Carnegie Medal).
The Boxer was inspired by a racial incident Nikesh was subjected to while travelling home on a train. The book’s protagonist, Sunny, find himself in a similar situation:

Told over the course of the ten rounds of his first fight, this is the story of amateur boxer Sunny. A seventeen year old feeling isolated and disconnected in the city he’s just moved to, Sunny joins a boxing club to learn to protect himself after a racist attack. He finds the community he’s been desperately seeking at the club, and a mentor in trainer Shobu, who helps him find his place in the world. But racial tensions are rising in the city, and when a Far Right march through Bristol turns violent, Sunny is faced with losing his new best friend Keir to radicalisation. Told over the course of the ten rounds of his first fight, this is the story of amateur boxer Sunny. A seventeen year old feeling isolated and disconnected in the city he’s just moved to, Sunny joins a boxing club to learn to protect himself after a racist attack. He finds the community he’s been desperately seeking at the club, and a mentor in trainer Shobu, who helps him find his place in the world. But racial tensions are rising in the city, and when a Far Right march through Bristol turns violent, Sunny is faced with losing his new best friend Keir to radicalisation.

It was a very thought-provoking event and we are grateful to Nikesh for taking the time to visit us!

The Boxer is available to borrow from the library. Signed copies can be purchased from Books on the Hill in Clevedon, who organised book sales for us on the day.

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