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. Khaled Hosseini
  19. Kieran Yates
  20. Leïla Slimani
  21. Malinda Lo
  22. Malorie Blackman
  23. Marie Lu
  24. Mariko Tamaki
  25. Mary Anne Mohanraj
  26. Maya Angelou
  27. Miss L.
  28. Mizue Tani
  29. Morgan Parker
  30. Musa Okwonga
  31. N. K. Jemisin
  32. Natsuki Takaya
  33. Nicola Yoon
  34. Nikesh Shukla
  35. Nish Kumar
  36. Nnedi Okorafor
  37. Rebecca Roanhorse
  38. Renée Ahdieh
  39. Reni Eddo-Lodge
  40. Rita Dove
  41. Riz Ahmed
  42. Roshani Chokshi
  43. Sabrina Mahfouz
  44. Salena Godden
  45. Salman Rushdie
  46. Sarah Sahim
  47. Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  48. Susan Ee
  49. Tiffany D. Jackson
  50. Varaidzo
  51. Vera Chok
  52. Vinay Patel
  53. Wei Ming Kam
  54. Yuna Kagesak
  55. Zen Cho