SHAPPI KHORSANDI NEWS
Ebury Fiction Publishing Director Gillian Green has bought World All Language rights to comedian Shappi Khorsandi's debut novel from Off The Kerb Productions.
Nina is Not OK, a dark, funny coming of age novel about a young teenage girl's struggle to overcome addiction, will be published in July 2016.
Shappi Khorsandi said: 'This opportunity to let Nina out of my head and on to the pages of a book has been a great relief. She was causing me no end of grief. But now she is out, with my help and with the support of wonderful Ebury, Nina can flourish and take us with her on her adventure. Heaven help us.'
Nina is Not OK will be published in hardback in July 2016.
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The daughter of an exiled writer and comic from Iran, Shappi’s upbringing has been in no way conventional. From mental illness to opium dens, it’s all gone on in the Khorsandi household and now she recounts it all the only way she knows how, with wit, warmth and hilarity.
Shappi took her one women show Carry on Shappi to the 2008 Edinburgh Festival and then on to The Soho Theatre.
In 2007, Shappi won Best Breakthrough Act at the Chortle Awards. That same year, she took her show Carry on Shappi to the Fringe when she was eight months pregnant, enticing at least one critic to plead ‘go and see her before her waters break!’ She was back in early 2008, taking Carry on Shappi to the Soho Theatre in London.
Shappi’s 2006 show, Asylum Speaker was an Edinburgh sell-out, followed by an extended run at The Soho Theatre.
TV and radio
Shappi has appeared on Have I Got News For You, on BBC1’s Lenny’s Britain and BBC4’s Never Mind the Full Stops. She’s a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 programmes such as Quote… Unquote, The Now Show, Just a Minute, and also contributed to From Tehran With Laughter. Shappi has also taken part in BBC4’s The Big Read.
Shappi is a sought after cultural commentator appearing on ITV’s Sunday Edition, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service & LBC and also in The Guardian, The Independent, Metro and on BBC News website. She was also a panellist on BBC’s Question Time. Shappi has presented a series for Open University and is a regular roving reporter for BBC South’s Inside Out.
She has gigged internationally in the United States, the Middle East, Singapore, Australia and Amsterdam.
Comedy is a family business for the Khorsandi’s. In Los Angeles, Shappi performed in a seven week sell-out run with her brother in a show called How to be Iranian as well as starring in her own one hour show. Other work in America included a month-long tour supporting her father in his extremely popular stand-up show.
‘Don’t be fooled by her innocent looks, she packs a deceptively powerful punch’ – Evening Standard
‘Britain’s best young female comic by any yardstick’ – The Guardian
‘Asylum Speaker is both adorable and daring, a rare combination… Khorsandi has star quality’ – The Independent