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Not Quite White

A Memoir

Neither here, nor there; neither one, nor the other. What does it feel like to be an indescribable shade somewhere in between? Can you even exist in a binary world that seems so black-and-white? Why is there no easy way to describe someone who is a Welsh-French-Scottish-American-Indian-Mauritian?/

Laila Woozeer, a mixed-race 28-year-old London-born writer and musician, shares a personal story of growing up in a rural white village in North Wales. Laila takes readers on a funny, vivid, and profoundly moving journey of discovering one's own identity and belonging through her travels between Mauritius, the US, and the UK, to make sense of the world and one's place within it. /

This is the real-life story of Laila Woozeer trying desperately to understand how to exist, how to survive, and what it might mean to thrive. From childhood memories of self-discovery to an identity crisis of adolescence, to a misunderstood existence in adult life, Not Quite White charts Laila's struggle to finally find a meaningful place in the world.

About the Author

Laila Woozeer is a queer nonbinary London-born writer and musician who grew up in rural Wales, fully enchanted by the ancient magic found there. Laila's work ranges from award-winning soundtracks, off-the-wall theater shows, and original songwriting. A long-term vegan, practicing mixed-religion sorceress, rescue snake owner, and avid arcade gamer, Laila is interested in and available for commissions and commentary on topics including identity, race, colonialism, representation, mental health, sexuality, gender and gender identity, relationships, grief, spirituality, witchcraft, UK history, veganism, animals/animal welfare, travel/tourism, theater/performing arts, entertainment, and pop culture.

Reviews

"delves into what it's like growing up mixed race in the UK"—Mashable, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"charts the pain and confusion of growing up while grappling with a complicated, mixed ethnic identity.. a memoir that many mixed-race people will easily relate to."—Dazed, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"intimate, powerful and nuanced reflection of exploring one's identity, understanding and embracing mixedness Laila has created a space for so many people to feel seen"—The Diverse Bookshelf, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Woozeer creates an environment in the reader's mind that allows us to learn more about ourselves the is the real gift to readers"—Brown Girl Bookshelf, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"a moving piece of literature.. an eloquent portrayal of self-discovery and building your identity in a society that is eager to dismantle your existence at every turn"—Wales Art Review, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"an insight into what it's like growing up mixed race"—MyLondon News, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"one of the most relatable I've read on the mixed experience"—Mixed Messages, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Laila's book serves as a blanket of comfort, validation and hope"—Read With Samia, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"heartbreaking, vivid, lyrical, and very smart I was so grateful to Laila giving us the understanding of this quite complex topic"—Book Reccos Podcast, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Magnetically moving, poetically written and enigmatically captivating, Laila has created a mastery of their life with this book"—DaisyButter Book Review, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"A pulsing exploration of the self, this book hands you the privilege to observe Laila find meaning, and it oozes with vulnerability, hope, beauty and story. When I'm older I want to write like Laila"—Gina Martin, writer and activist, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"A lyrical odyssey of self-discovery, told with folkloric flair. In charting her journey across Welsh mountains and Mauritian seas, Laila Woozeer offers a map that can guide us all, regardless of our origins, to unearth the treasure that lies within. A must-read for anyone in search of themselves."—Jassa Ahluwalia, writer and activist, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Anyone who wants to learn how our racial identity impacts not only our experience of the world but also how we understand ourselves should pick up this book. Gorgeously written, too."—Natasha Devon, author and broadcaster, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"The most nuanced and moving account of mixed race identity I've read"—htmljones, influencer and musician, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"This book is a gem. I genuinely couldn't stop turning the pages. Laila is an essential voice in todays important issues of race, identity and belonging."—Kai Samra, comic and writer, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"This book is a treat, asking timely questions about race, who we are and how we define ourselves, but through such exquisite prose you get utterly pulled in."—Rosie Holt, writer and comedian, reviewing a previous edition or volume

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