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.

The Black Flamingo

Dean Atta

From the publisher:

Fiercely told, this is a powerful coming-of-age story told in verse, from one of the UK’s leading poets, Dean Atta. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan and Poet X.



Jay Bernard

From the publisher:

Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2019

Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019

Shortlisted for Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2019

Winner of the Ted Hughes ...


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 ...



Candice Carty-Williams

From the publisher:

A darkly comic and unflinchingly raw depiction of a young woman trying to navigate her way in the world, QUEENIE is about identity, independence and carving your own path. ...



Mary Jean Chan

From the publisher:

POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION Fleche (the French word for ‘arrow’) is an offensive technique commonly used in fencing, a sport of Mary Jean Chan’s young adult ...


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:

  1. 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 under threat and the religious right are flexing ...



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 ...


Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

Johny Pitts

From the publisher:

‘A revelation’ Owen Jones

‘Afropean seizes the blur of contradictions that have obscured Europe’s relationship with blackness and paints it into something new, ...