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