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. Justina Ireland
  17. Kieran Yates
  18. Leïla Slimani
  19. Malorie Blackman
  20. Marie Lu
  21. Mariko Tamaki
  22. Maya Angelou
  23. Miss L.
  24. Mizue Tani
  25. Morgan Parker
  26. Musa Okwonga
  27. N. K. Jemisin
  28. Natsuki Takaya
  29. Nicola Yoon
  30. Nikesh Shukla
  31. Nish Kumar
  32. Nnedi Okorafor
  33. Reni Eddo-Lodge
  34. Rita Dove
  35. Riz Ahmed
  36. Sabrina Mahfouz
  37. Salena Godden
  38. Salman Rushdie
  39. Sarah Sahim
  40. Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  41. Susan Ee
  42. Tiffany D. Jackson
  43. Varaidzo
  44. Vera Chok
  45. Vinay Patel
  46. Wei Ming Kam
  47. Yuna Kagesak