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