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.

  1. Alyssa Cole
  2. Ayisha Malik
  3. Amélie Wen Zhao
  4. Anna-Marie McLemore
  5. Audre Lorde
  6. Ayòbámi Adébáyò
  7. Bim Adewunmi
  8. Celeste Ng
  9. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  10. Chimene Suleyman
  11. Coco Khan
  12. Daniel York Loh
  13. Darren Chetty
  14. Heidi Heilig
  15. Helen Oyeyemi
  16. Himesh Patel
  17. Inua Ellams
  18. Ivy Alvarez
  19. Jenny Han
  20. Justina Ireland
  21. Khaled Hosseini
  22. Kieran Yates
  23. Leïla Slimani
  24. M.L. Wang
  25. Malinda Lo
  26. Malorie Blackman
  27. Marie Lu
  28. Mariko Tamaki
  29. Mary Anne Mohanraj
  30. Maya Angelou
  31. Miss L.
  32. Mizue Tani
  33. Morgan Parker
  34. Musa Okwonga
  35. N. K. Jemisin
  36. Natsuki Takaya
  37. Nghi Vo
  38. Nibedita Sen
  39. Nicola Yoon
  40. Nikesh Shukla
  41. Nish Kumar
  42. Nnedi Okorafor
  43. Rebecca Roanhorse
  44. Renée Ahdieh
  45. Reni Eddo-Lodge
  46. Rita Dove
  47. Rivers Solomon
  48. Riz Ahmed
  49. Roshani Chokshi
  50. S.L. Huang
  51. Sabrina Mahfouz
  52. Salena Godden
  53. Salman Rushdie
  54. Sandhya Menon
  55. Sara Collins
  56. Sarah Sahim
  57. Shiv Ramdas
  58. Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  59. Susan Ee
  60. Talia Hibbert
  61. Tiffany D. Jackson
  62. Varaidzo
  63. Vera Chok
  64. Vinay Patel
  65. Wei Ming Kam
  66. Yuna Kagesak
  67. Zen Cho