Jhalak Prize Longlist 2020

This year's longlist for the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour is here! The winner will be announced on 26 May.

Asha & the Spirit Bird

Jasbinder Bilan

From the publisher:

In an unforgettable adventure set in contemporary India, Asha is guided by a majestic bird which she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother. Together with her best ...

This Brutal House

Niven Govinden

From the publisher:

A timely queer protest novel set in the drag ball community of New York City, from a Green Carnation Prize-shortlisted author


Romesh Gunesekera

From the publisher:

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 JHALAK PRIZE 1964. Ceylon is on the brink of change. But Kairo is at a loose end. School is closed, the government is in disarray, the press is ...


Irenosen Okojie

From the publisher:

A dark and lyrical collection of short stories from the author of the critically acclaimed Speak Gigantular and Butterfly Fish, whose unique voice has been praised by writers ...