Chitra Ramaswamy’s latest book is the story of an unlikely friendship, between the author – born in 1970s Britain to Indian immigrant parents – and Henry Wuga, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, who arrived in Scotland as a child in 1939.
This is a brilliant, beautiful book about the ways in which we carry our pasts into our futures. It’s about migration, racism, grief, resilience, common ground, and what it means to belong.
“An utterly engrossing story... I could not stop reading this gorgeous book” Denise Mina
Chaired by Wordplay Curator Malachy Tallack.
Chitra Ramaswamy is a journalist and author. Her latest book, Homelands: The History of a Friendship, published by Canongate in April 2022, is a work of creative non-fiction exploring her friendship with a 98-year-old German Jewish refugee called Henry Wuga. Her first book, Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy, published by Saraband in April 2016, won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Polari Prize.
She has contributed essays to Antlers of Water, Nasty Women, The Freedom Papers, The Bi:ble, and Message From The Skies. She is the restaurant critic for The Times Scotland, writes regularly for The Guardian, and broadcasts for BBC radio. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, two young children and rescue dog.