The Jhalak Prize Longlist 2019

This year’s longlist for the Jhalak Prize is out! The Jhalak Prize was set up in 2016 to recognise best books by British/British resident BAME writers.

The Terrible

Yrsa Daley-Ward

From the publisher:

‘A major literary talent . . . speaks about the power and powerlessness that young women are subject to in a wholly fresh, clear-eyed way . . . you’ll find it hard to ...


Aminatta Forna

From the publisher:

‘Forna’s voice is relentlessly compelling, her ability to summon atmosphere extraordinary ... A thing of lasting beauty’ Observer SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ONDAATJE ...

The Boy At the Back of the Class

Onjali Q. Rauf

From the publisher:

Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a ...


Sharlene Teo

From the publisher:

Set in Singapore, and spanning fifty years, Ponti is a sweeping story of three women and the guilt that ties them to each other. For fans of Zadie Smith and Elena Ferrante.