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People Like Us


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One man's story of social mobility and inequality - and a searching analysis of what needs to change

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Hashi Mohamed arrived in Britain as a child refugee, and is now a Barrister at No5 Chambers in London. A contributor to the Guardian, The Times and Prospect, he has explored class and mobility for the BBC. He presented Adventures in Social Mobility (April 2017) and Macpherson: What Happened Next (2019).


Hashi Mohamed powerfully exposes the alienating and segregating effect of social immobility in this country. Beautifully written, People Like Us makes a deeply personal case for a world in which anybody can reach success, but doesn't have to leave a part of themselves behind to achieve it. -- David Lammy
A vital work of courage and hope, by a truly remarkable individual. -- Philippe Sands
Mohamed's is an impressive tale, but he turns it into something much larger and far more resonant in his finely written memoir ... a rather ambitious and far-ranging attempt to rethink the whole stalled project of social mobility. A careful and affecting study of personal struggle, social mobility and international migration that brings a fresh and well-informed voice to the debate. * Observer *
This rags-to-riches tale is related with humility and humour. * The Times *
He is an unconventional figure, and a key strength of his book is his refreshing willingness to address controversial issues with candour. * Sunday Times *
I found myself nodding in agreement with every word of People Like Us. Hashi Mohamed has written a moving, shocking and clear-eyed account of the increasingly rare phenomenon of social mobility. Using his own extraordinary story as a spine he has written an analysis, how-to-guide and polemic on getting on and up in Britain today. * Grayson Perry *
A brilliant book that should be read and celebrated at any time, but especially now -- Elif Shafak * New Statesman *

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