The narrative is refreshing for its openness about religion, sexuality, and politics, topics that, for the most part, are taboo in the Islamic world. Honest and inspiring, Shah’s book is a reminder of how laughter is not only necessary, but also life-sustaining.

Humor at its most vigorous and unsparing.
— Kirkus Reviews
Up there with Mohammed Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist – a searing look at what’s wrong with Pakistan through the eyes of a very funny young man. But holy Jesus, what’s this? He turns that scalpel-edged humour on Australia too – Tony Abbott, take note.
— Paul McGeough, foreign correspondent and author of Kill Khalid, and Infernal Triangle

By turns moving, shocking and laugh‐out‐loud funny, Sami Shah’s memoir, I, Migrant, is a humorous and intelligent look into the mind of a comic. Shah chronicles his life as a journalist in war torn Karachi, where he witnesses the aftermath of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, to his immigration to outback Australia and subsequent discovery that Australian wildlife comes with dangers all of its own.

I, Migrant was also shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Russell Prize for Humour Writing, and received a starred review in Kirkus.

A raw, funny and inspiring tale which reminds us that … sometimes a laugh is our best hope.
— Wendy Harmer
Sami Shah holds up a mirror to the dark place our country has come to, and the reflection is touching, confronting, and very, very funny. Walk a mile in this man’s shoes – they’re very
comfortable. Buy this book.
— Senator Scott Ludlam