As part of my 30 Before 30 challenge, I want to read 100 authors of colour before I hit 30. I’ve been making more of an effort to read books by people from completely different backgrounds, races and countries to my own but the amount of authors of colour I’ve read is still shockingly low, and now I plan to rectify it! I’ll continue to add to the list below as I read, and would welcome any of your recommendations for authors I should try.

Note: I am including mixed race authors in this challenge.

  1. Ayisha Malik
  2. Ayòbámi Adébáyò
  3. Bim Adewunmi
  4. Celeste Ng
  5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. Chimene Suleyman
  7. Coco Khan
  8. Daniel York Loh
  9. Darren Chetty
  10. Heidi Heilig
  11. Helen Oyeyemi
  12. Himesh Patel
  13. Inua Ellams
  14. Ivy Alvarez
  15. Jenny Han
  16. Kieran Yates
  17. Leïla Slimani
  18. Malorie Blackman
  19. Marie Lu
  20. Mariko Tamaki
  21. Maya Angelou
  22. Miss L.
  23. Mizue Tani
  24. Morgan Parker
  25. Musa Okwonga
  26. N. K. Jemisin
  27. Natsuki Takaya
  28. Nicola Yoon
  29. Nikesh Shukla
  30. Nish Kumar
  31. Nnedi Okorafor
  32. Reni Eddo-Lodge
  33. Rita Dove
  34. Riz Ahmed
  35. Sabrina Mahfouz
  36. Salena Godden
  37. Salman Rushdie
  38. Sarah Sahim
  39. Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  40. Susan Ee
  41. Tiffany D. Jackson
  42. Varaidzo
  43. Vera Chok
  44. Vinay Patel
  45. Wei Ming Kam
  46. Yuna Kagesak