Hamish Hamilton snaps up Zakaria's 'blazing' critique of white feminism in 4-way auction

Hamish Hamilton snaps up Zakaria's 'blazing' critique of white feminism in 4-way auction

Hamish Hamilton has acquired “a blazing, timely and essential critique of white feminism” from political philosopher and immigration attorney Rafia Zakaria following a four-publisher auction.

Editor Hermione Thompson bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Against White Feminism by the philosopher and human rights activist in a four-way auction from Anna Carmichael at Abner Stein, on behalf of Sarah Bolling at The Gernert Company. North American rights were bought in a pre-empt by Alane Mason at Norton. The book was described by Hamish Hamilton as “a blazing, timely and essential critique of white feminism" and will be published in 2021.

“Blazingly incisive, meticulously detailed and unfalteringly humane, Against White Feminism is a devastating indictment of the failures of mainstream Western feminism and a manifesto for the radical change needed to redeem the movement,” Hamish Hamilton said. “The phenomenon of white feminism is an open secret: widely and persistently called out by women of colour, working class and queer women, it remains glaringly, shamefully absent from feminist discourse in mainstream trade publishing.

“Building on the ideas of Kimberlé Crenshaw, Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde, it traces feminism’s complicity with colonialism, capitalism, male hegemony and the military-industrial complex, from its earliest days to the modern world, while also drawing on case studies from the author’s work as an immigration attorney.”

Thompson said: “I cannot think of a more necessary book to bring into the social and political discourse right now. White feminism is an enormous subject to tackle and an essential one, and Rafia’s proposal is note-perfect: steely and clear-sighted, accessible and persuasive. Her writing balances a commitment to holding its subjects (and readers) to account with a radical compassion and a capacity for hope. I feel truly honoured to become her publisher.”

Zakaria said: “I am very excited and eager to work with Hermione on Against White Feminism and to have the book be a part of Hamish Hamilton's distinguished list.”

She is an attorney, political philosopher, human rights activist, and author of two books: The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan (Beacon Press, 2015) and Veil (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) is part of the Object Lessons series. She has written journalistic pieces on global feminist and immigrant issues including regular columns, as well as articles for the New York Times, Guardian, New Republic, Nation, CNN Opinion, and more. Zakaria is currently a Research Scholar at the Colin Powell Center for Civic Leadership at City College in New York.