Despite all the impassioned political discussion surrounding immigration in recent times, politicians rarely seem to delve into the personal stories behind the headlines. Here are a few of our favourite books exploring the experiences of those making their home in a new country or individuals investigating their own cultural identity. 

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Americanah

Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A love story which begins is Nigeria, then spins out into America and the UK as the lovers are divided by military rule in their home country, and reunited there fifteen years on.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Díaz

A masterful magist realist novel set in New Jersey, but concerning dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. The overweight and nerdy protagonist daydreams of love, fantasy and the family curse.

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Call it Sleep

Call it Sleep

Henry Roth

New York’s Lower East Side is the setting of this 1934 story of Galician emigrants moving to what is effectively a Jewish ghetto.

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The Lonely Londoners

The Lonely Londoners

Sam Selvon

Tamil Trinidadian Sam Selvon was the first black British writer to tell the Windrush generation story of the 1950s. Homesickness and the search for love and work are the keynotes.

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The Namesake

The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri

A Bengali couple leave Calcutta for Boston, and reinvent their lives. The novel is an intimate portrait of two generations living and loving in the USA.

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