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