During a Q&A and book signing session, Sharma will discuss the evolution of corner shops, from the general stores of the 20s to the immigrant-run corner shops of the 60s. She’ll also explore what it means to be a second-generation immigrant in Britain, including how and how the generational view on being an immigrant differs – and is at times at odds with – one another. Babita Sharma is a journalist, TV presenter and news anchor for the BBC.
She presents Newsday on BBC World News, and presented BBC Two’s Dangerous Borders: The Story of India & Pakistan which took Sharma to the India/Pakistan border 70 years after Partition. The Corner Shop is her first book, and follows her popular documentary Booze, Beans & Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop, broadcast on BBC Four, BBC News Channel and BBC World News. This event is part of Asia House Bagri Literature Festival 2019.