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Summary

'I'm a girl and northern and Brown, didn't you know - a triple threat!'

Fizzing with energy, hilarity and charm, The Right Sort of Girl is a coming-of-age story of identity.

Trying to navigate her Indian world at home and the British world outside her front door, Anita Rani was a girl who didn't ­fit in anywhere. She was always destined to stand out: from playing Mary in her otherwise all white nursery nativity to growing up in '80s Yorkshire with her Punjabi family, spending evenings in the factory her parents owned whilst trying to ­figure out how best to get rid of hair that seemed to be growing everywhere.

Anita shares the lessons she wishes her younger self could have known: 'Freedom Is Complicated', 'You Will Fall in Love and Be Loved' and, most importantly, 'Your Anger Is Legitimate'. How did she manage to become the powerhouse she is, whilst battling against being too white inside her home, too Brown outside of it?

This story of a second-generation British Indian woman up north is also a tale of tenacity and a life lived with positivity and humour. If you have ever felt alone, different, or just not the right sort of girl, this is the book for you.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Anita Rani (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

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inspirational, empowering with integrity,.

Loved it! Thank you for sharing the journey of a Brown girls, which echoed what most of us have kept hidden away. At 67, I'm still waiting to share mine!!

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Brilliant!

Great to hear an audio book that's narrated by the person who has written it.

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Liked her before, like her even more!

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Anita Rani’s story and her experiences of growing up. I learned so much about the cultural challenges faced by her and her family and the evidence she presented of casual and planned racism in our society today was quite shocking.
Don’t ever change lass… keep fighting and stay arsey!

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Riveting and wonderful.

A wonderfully written heartfelt message to us all from the energetic, beautiful (even with short hair!) Anita Rani. I congratulate her on the truthful, often shocking story of her family and childhood, my goodness us ‘whites’ have one hell of a lot to answer to! But I think I knew that. I loved listening to her recounting the various tales she weaves us through, brought even more alive by her voice dropping into Indian accents on many occasions. Oh and by the way is very funny too!

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For all girls especially

I found this book liberating. I'm not in my forties or fifties or brown but older and felt it spoke to me too. So relevant. A wonderful read, Anita, to now to be bought for my granddaughter.

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Excellent listen!!

Highly recommend to any woman, trying to figure it all out! Honest, hilarious and extremely relatable!

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Definitely the right sort of girl…..

I have enjoyed listening to every second of this book. Anita Rani thank you for sharing your story, some of which I could relate too, especially my home town Rhyl.

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Incredible listen

As a punjabi woman, this resonated so much with me. Beautifully told, gorgeous performance and can’t thank Anita enough for telling this story.

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A brilliant book!

This book is excellently narrated by Anita who takes you on a journey full of emotions from laughter (lots) to tears. I’ve learnt so much about Indian culture, partition, being brown in the British society and so much more. The honesty is brave but how lucky are all those young Indian (in the broadest sense) women out there of different casts and religions to have this book. I think Anita is an amazing broadcaster on TV and radio. I admire her even more now. Thank you for telling your story in such a captivating way

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An education!

Me & my husband liked Anita from first seeing her in ‘Four Rooms’, & were as pleased as anything when she appeared on another favourite, ‘Countryfile’.
The sort of people who would question her qualifications, are the same sort who would also question, us plain ordinary folk’s right to roam!
Anyway, we had no problem getting her name right when she became a question on ‘Countless’
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although I am shaking my head & tut tutting with her poor old mum in places.
Happily, I’ve read most of the books she sited, & can definitely say, “Anita, tha’s not done s’bad y’sen for a Yorkshire lass!” It’s an education.