David Olusoga shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize

06 February 2017

By Pan Macmillan

David Olusoga's book, Black and British: A Forgotten Historyhas been shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour. This exciting new annual award seeks to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers.

Chair Sunny Singh said, “I am very proud to have been part of compiling this shortlist that showcases the variety, scope, depth, and literary excellence to be found amongst writers of colour in Britain today. The diversity of backgrounds, themes, forms and genres are testament to the wide spectrum of great writing being produced in the country. I am particularly delighted that the shortlist features literary excellence from writers at different stages of their career - there are well-known names and debuts as well as great writers who deserve much more attention, respect and recognition."

Catherine Johnson, author and on the judging panel of the Jhalak Prize said, "David Olusoga's Black and British is a book I have been waiting for at least twenty years for. It puts us firmly at the heart of this country's history and makes the facts accessible to as wide an audience as possible. This is a book for every reader."

Also on the shortlist:
• The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)
A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie (Jacaranda)
The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross (Peepal Tree Press)
Another Day In The Death Of America by Gary Younge (Faber)

The winner will be announced at a special event at The Authors’ Club on 17th March 2017.

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