Savala Nolan

The Indigo Press is an independent publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, based in London. Guided by a spirit of internationalism, feminism and social justice, we publish books to make readers see the world afresh, question their behaviour and beliefs, and imagine a better future.

Savala Nolan

Savala Nolan is a writer, speaker, and lawyer. She is executive director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. 

She and her writing have been featured in Vogue, Time, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and more. 

She served as an advisor on the Peabody–winning podcast, The Promise. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. 

Author photograph © Andria Lo

Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender & The Body

A powerful and provocative collection of essays that offers poignant reflections on living between society’s most charged, politicised, and intractably polar spaces—between black and white, rich and poor, thin and fat. 

The twelve essays that comprise this collection are rich with unforgettable anecdotes and are as humorous and as full of Nolan’s appetites as they are of anxieties.

In ‘On Dating White Guys While Me,’ Nolan realises her early romantic pursuits of rich, preppy white guys weren’t about preference, but about self-erasure.

In the titular essay ‘Don’t Let it Get You Down,’ we traverse the cyclical richness and sorrow of being Black in America as Black children face police brutality.

In ‘Bad Education,’ we see how women learn to internalise rage and accept violence in order to participate in our culture.

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