I should start off by saying that I am not a fan of multiculturalism. Personal experiences, and those of other people I know, have led me to believe that multiculturalism is a recipe for social division. My reasons for believing this, such as they are relevant, will probably become clear below. I am writing a novel with a main character going through a similar journey to my own over the last 15 years. He starts off as a wide-eyed liberal and becomes conservative over time. One of the manifestations of this is his changing view of multiculturalism. A young Scottish guy, he has an idealistic notion of "England" but, when he moves to England (London), he finds it has changed beyond recognition from the books he has read and TV shows he has seen. In an early chapter, when he is 17, he has an argument with his grandmother about mass immigration. At this point, having grown up in a small Scottish town, he has never experienced cultural diversity and is arguing from a position of youthful naivety, just wanting to think the best of everyone etc. He rather looks down on his grandmother for having the views she has, thinking her old-fashioned and himself enlightened. Six months later, he moves to London and lives in a very diverse area where he feels completely out of place. The group dynamics are described - how people in minority groups (Chinese, Pakistanis, Muslims, etc.) stick together but the "main" group (the British) are pulverised; British people don't associate with each other because they don't want to think of themselves as racist. (It should be said, this is exactly what I saw in a certain part of London.) The chapter concludes with the sentence "He wasn't going to find England here." I am more familiar with TV and film than literature. I am convinced that something like this would never appear on British TV. There, any conversion experience would be in the opposite direction - the ignorant racist learning that everyone is the same really and he just has to catch up with the modern world. Clearly my character doesn't do that. But what's "worse" is that the narration is sympathetic to him. That's the key thing, really. What I need to know, without getting into the politics of multiculturalism, is how likely it is that something like this would be published in Britain? If it helps, I can post excerpts from the chapter which describes the character's early months in London. They would show that the book is not an illiterate BNP screed. If anyone thinks that would mitigate in the novel's defence and make it more publishable, let me know and I will post the excerpts. Multiculturalism feeds into the novel's premise (a modern world changing very fast, nostalgia for bygone ages). Important though multiculturalism is to that, it is a tiny part of the novel in terms of wordage. After the two crucial chapters described above, it is only mentioned briefly two or three times. All of this material could be removed from the book quite easily. But I really don't want to do that. It would seem insincere to have a character craving an old England and ill at ease with modern England without mentioning the most obvious difference between the two. And also it's what I know, it's my own experience, and people always say that an author should write about what he knows. So it's a dilemma. I want my novel to be publishable, but I also want it to honestly reflect my perspective. What are the odds of it being published? Is it a complete taboo?