Writing Honours
2019    Booker Prize Winner for Girl, Woman, Other
2020    Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage, Trinity College Dublin
2020    Awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List
2020    British Book Awards: Author of the Year
2020    British Book Awards: Fiction Book of the Year
2020    Indie Book Award for Fiction
2020   The Vogue 25 list of Britain’s most influential women
2020    Elle 50 – Gamechangers 2020
2020    One of 100 Great Black Britons Campaign/Book
2020    OkayAfrica 100 Women for 2020
2020    Publishing Triangle Awards (USA) – nominated
2020    Australian Book Industry Awards – nominated
2020   The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction – finalist
2020    The Women’s Prize – finalist
2020    Glass Bell Awards – finalist
2019    Gordon Burn Prize – finalist
2019    Financial Times Women Game Changers of 2019
2019    Evening Standard Progress 1000 most influential Londoners
2018    Elected a Fellow, Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance
2017    Elected a Fellow, The English Association (est. 1906)
2015    The Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College, USA
2015    Triangle Awards: Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction (USA) – Mr Loverman
2014    Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize – Mr Loverman
2010    Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (USA): finalist – Blonde Roots
2010    Poetry Book Society Special Commendation – Ten poetry anthology
2009    International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: nominated for Blonde Roots
2009    The Big Red Read Award: fiction & overall winner – Blonde Roots
2009    Awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List
2009    Orange Prize Youth Panel Award – Blonde Roots
2009    Orange Prize for Fiction – longlist – Blonde Roots
2006    Appointed a Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (est. 1754)
2006    British Council Creative Writing Fellow, Georgetown University, USA
2004    Elected a Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (est. 1820)
2003    NESTA* Fellowship Award – The Emperor’s Babe
2002    Creative Writing Fellow, University of East Anglia
2000    The Arts Council of England Writers Award 2000: The Emperor’s Babe
1999    EMMA Best Book Award for Lara

*NESTA= National Endowment of Science, Technology & The Arts

Notable books of the year

Girl, Woman, Other
35 + selections in newspapers, magazines
& the media
visit page for Girl, Woman, Other

Mr Loverman
An Observer Book of the Year

Blonde Roots
A Financial Times Book of the Year
Prospect Book of the Year
San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year

Soul Tourists
An Independent Book of the Year
An Independent on Sunday Book of the Year

The Emperor’s Babe
A Times Book of the Decade, 2009
Telegraph Book of the Year
Sunday Independent Book of the Year
Times Book of the Year
An Ireland Sunday Independent Book of the Year
Times Best of Summer Books

New Statesman Book of the Year
Telegraph Book of the Year
Weekly Journal Book of the Year

Academic Honours – Brunel University London

2020     Vice Chancellor’s Award for Staff
2017     Teach Brunel Awards: CBASS Best Small Module Award
2015     CBASS Award for Excellence,
2014     Appointed The Public Orator


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