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Black and White Thinking

When Guy Kennaway, 63, a white, middle class, overweight, English, Tory voting writer met Hussein Sharif, 22, an African-born, inner city, Tory hating muslim they assumed they had little in common.  But newly related by marriage, they decided to go on a walk through Britain to get to know each other.  Guy’s mission was to explain to Hussein how wonderful British life and culture was, and Hussein’s was to describe to Guy the realities of life as a young black muslim in Britain in 2019.   Over a 50 mile hike they made friends, fell out, told stories, encountered strangers, argued, laughed and got very sore feet.  Held up by Covid 19 and dramatically diverted by BLM, they reached the end of their journey together, but for Guy at least it turned out just to be the beginning of a new one.When Guy Kennaway, 63, a white, middle class, overweight, English, Tory-voting writer met Hussein Sharif, 22, an African-born, inner city, Tory-hating Muslim, they assumed they had little in common.  But newly related by marriage, they decided to go on a walk through Britain to get to know each other.  Guy’s mission was to explain to Hussein how wonderful British life and culture was, and Hussein’s was to describe to Guy the realities of life as a young black Muslim in Britain in 2019. Over a fifty-mile hike they made friends, fell out, told stories, encountered strangers, argued, laughed and got very sore feet.  Held up by COVID-19 and dramatically diverted by BLM, they reached the end of their journey together, but for Guy it marked the start of a new and more important one.

 

About Guy Kennaway and Hussein Sharif

Guy Kennaway writes books to add to the gaiety of the nation. In all Kennaway’s work he likes to champion the underdog. He searches out communities under pressure and celebrates their struggles by having a good laugh with them.  He is best known for One People about a Jamaican village threatened by mass US tourism, Bird Brain about a community of optimistic pheasants and Time to Go, the funniest book about assisted suicide ever. His latest novel, The Accidental Collector, is also published in 2021.

Hussein Sharif was born in Mombasa, Kenya in 1996.  He came to Britain in 2003, lived in Tottenham, and attended the University of Kent ‘for a bit’. 

‘I like to float about, things happen that shouldn’t happen and things turn out to be blessings in a weird kind of way.  I love family, traditional food, and try to be a good Muslim, though often fail’. 

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Publication 13 May 2021