Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is a writer.

His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was published by Quartet Books and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011Metro described it as 'a riot of cringeworthy moments made real by Shukla's beautifully observed characters and talent for teen banter'. In 2011 he co-wrote an essay about the London riots for Random House with Kieran Yates, Generation Vexed: What the Riots Don't Tell Us About Our Nation's Youth. In 2013 he released a novella about food with Galley Beggars Press, The Time Machine, donating his royalties to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The book won Best Novella at the Sabotage Awards.

His second novel, Meatspace, was published by The Friday Project. 'Like Douglas Coupland's Generation X,' according to the Guardian, 'this novel captures a cultural moment.' It's been lauded by the New Statesman, BBC Radio 4, the Independent on Sunday, and the Daily Mail

His short stories have featured in Best British Short Stories 2013, Five DialsThe Moth Magazine, Pen PusherThe Sunday TimesBook Slam, BBC Radio 4, First City Magazine and Teller Magazine. He has written for the GuardianEsquireBuzzfeed, Vice and BBC 2. He has, in the past, been writer in residence for BBC Asian Network and Royal Festival Hall.

In 2014 he co-wrote Two Dosasan award-winning short film starring Himesh Patel. His Channel 4 Comedy Lab Kabadasses aired on E4 and Channel 4 in 2011 and starred Shazad Latif, Jack Doolan and Josie Long.

He currently hosts The Subaltern podcast, an anti-panel discussion featuring conversations with writers about writing. Guests have included Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Teju Cole, James Salter, George Saunders, Jennifer Egan, Evie Wyld, Sam Bain, Alex Preston, Colson Whitehead and more. He also co-hosts a podcast with sci-fi writer James Smythe, Meat Up, Hulk Out

Nikesh is represented by Julia Kingsford (books) at Kingsford Campbell and Georgina Ruffhead (film/TV) at David Higham Associates. If you want to get in touch with him directly, best bet is on Twitter

Coconut Unlimited
By Nikesh Shukla