The Diverse Book Awards Shortlist for 2021 is revealed for Kids, YA and Adult

The Diverse Book Awards was established in November 2019 and are open to anyone who has written a book for children, young adults and adult. Fiction only and UK based authors.

They want to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK both traditionally and self-published. They believe there's a need to showcase the talent of marginalised voices, so they came up with The DBAwards to open a space where the spotlight is on them. 

Here are the top 7 diverse UK books in Children's, YA and Adult fiction. 

The Diverse Book Awards was established in November 2019 and are open to anyone who has written a book for children, young adults and adult. Fiction only and UK based authors.

They want to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK both traditionally and self-published. They believe there's a need to showcase the talent of marginalised voices, so they came up with The DBAwards to open a space where the spotlight is on them. 

Here are the top 7 diverse UK books in YA and adult fiction. 

Adult

A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf (Myriad Editions). Our very own Joanne Owen appointed this a Star Book: "Rich with romance and rawly affecting slave history, this exceptional debut tells an unforgettable tale of love between a black slave and an Irish immigrant in pre-Civil War Virginia."

If I Don't Have You by Sareeta Domingo (Jacaranda) which was highly recommended by our Guest Editor Dorothy Koomson: "this is a fantastic story that picks you up with the promise of love at first sight and sweeps you along with the rollercoaster of the main relationship."

Broadwater by Jac Shreeves-Lee (Fairlight Books)

Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud (Faber)

The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain (HQ)

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Oneworld)

Truth Be Told by Kia Abdullah (HQ)

Young Adults

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando (Simon & Schuster)

Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu (Old Barn Books)

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (Andersen Press)

Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children’s Books (Hachette)

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey (Usborne)

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Wonderland by Juno Dawson (Quercus Children’s Books)

The winner will be announced on an online awards ceremony at 7pm on October 21st 2021

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