The Diverse Book Awards 2021 Longlist is Out and it’s an AMAZING list

The Diverse Book Awards 2021 longlist is out and it’s an amazing list full of authors and books that if you haven’t already read them, you need to add them all to your to-read list.

Created by the Author school, to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK both traditionally and self-published, the longlists for The Diverse Book Awards includes books in 3 categories, Adult, Young Adult and Childrens.


A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf (Myriad Editions)

A More Perfect Union

Broadwater by Jac Shreeves-Lee (Fairlight Books)

Broadwater by Jac Shreeves-Lee - short story collection | Fairlight Books

If I Don’t Have You by Sareeta Domingo (Jacaranda)

If I Don't Have You - Twenty in 2020 (Paperback)

Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud (Faber)

Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud | Waterstones

The Cat and the City by Nick Bradley (Atlantic Books)

The Cat and The City (Paperback)

The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain (HQ)

The Family Tree: Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2020: Hussain, Sairish: 9780008297459: Books

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Oneworld)

The First Woman: Winner of the Jhalak Prize, 2021: Makumbi, Jennifer  Nansubuga: 9781786077882: Books

The Street Hawker’s Apprentice by Kabir Kareem-Bello (Jacaranda)

The Street Hawker's Apprentice by Kabir Kareem-Bello | Waterstones

Truth Be Told by Kia Abdullah (HQ)

Truth Be Told: the most thrilling, suspenseful, shocking and gritty crime  fiction book of 2020 eBook : Abdullah, Kia: Kindle Store

Ugly Dogs Don’t Cry by DD Armstrong (Jacaranda)

Ugly Dogs Don't Cry by DD Armstrong | Waterstones

Young Adult

And The Stars Were Shining Brightly by Danielle Jawando (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly: Jawando, Danielle:  9781471178771: Books

Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu (Old Barn Books Ltd)

Boy, Everywhere (Paperback)

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (Andersen Press)

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle | Waterstones

Crown of Crowns by Clara Loveman (Clara Loveman)

Crown of Crowns (Crown of Crowns Book 1) eBook : Loveman, Clara: Kindle Store

Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children’s Books)

Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence | Waterstones

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey (Usborne)

Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran (Hashtag Press)

Hijab and Red Lipstick : Yousra Imran: Books

Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Love Frankie : Wilson, Jacqueline, Sharratt, Nick: Books

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Run, Rebel : Mann, Manjeet: Books

Wonderland by Juno Dawson (Quercus Children’s Books)

Wonderland : Dawson, Juno: Books


A Secret of Birds & Bone by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)

A Secret of Birds & Bone: the new children's book from Times-bestselling  author Kiran Millwood Hargrave : Millwood Hargrave, Kiran:  Books

Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor, illustrated by Kenneth Ghann (Hashtag Press)


Clean Up by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola, Nathan Bryon (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Do You Know Me? by Rebecca Westcott, Libby Scott (Scholastic Children’s Books)

Do You Know Me? The second powerful story of autism, empathy and kindness  from the bestselling author of Can You See Me?: Can You See Me 2: Westcott, Rebecca, Scott, Libby:

Dragon Mountain by Katie & Kevin Tsang (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)

Dragon Mountain (Dragon Realm) : Tsang, Katie, Tsang, Kevin:  Books

Little Badman and the Time-Travelling Teacher of Doom by Humza Arshad and Henry White, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom

Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt (Usborne)

Nothing Ever Happens Here eBook : Hagger-Holt, Sarah: Kindle  Store

Too Small Tola by Atinuke, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu (Walker Books)

Too Small Tola : Atinuke, Iwu, Onyinye: Books

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah (Scholastic Children’s Books)

Windrush Child: a moving tale from BAFTA-award-winning Benjamin Zephaniah :  Zephaniah, Benjamin: Books

Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Freya Hartas (Walker Books)

Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad : Coelho, Joseph, Hartas, Freya: Books

The short list for each category will be revealed 20 September 2021. You can find out more about the Diverse Book Awards, here!