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Anita Rani in conversation with Natalie Haynes

The Right Sort of Girl

Winter Weekend 2021, 

The journalist and broadcaster (Countryfile, Woman’s Hour) didn’t fit in anywhere as a young girl. She was destined to stand out: from playing Mary in her otherwise all-white nursery nativity play to growing up in 1980s Yorkshire with her Punjabi family, trying to navigate her Indian world at home and the British world outside the front door. In her new book, she 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”. This is a coming-of-age story of a second-generation British Indian woman in the north of England, and of a life lived with positivity and humour.

Anita Rani in conversation with Natalie Haynes