Writing Honours
Booker Prize Winner 2019 for Girl, Woman, Other 

2020    The Women’s Prize – longlist (current)
2020    British Book Awards: Fiction Book of the Year – shortlist (current)
2020    Glass Bell Awards, Goldsboro Books -longlist (current)
2020    Publishing Triangle Awards (USA) – shortlist (current)
2020    Australian Book Industry Awards – longlist (current)
2020    Visionary Honours Awards – longlist (current)
2019    Gordon Burn Prize (shortlist)
2019    Evening Standard Progress 1000 most influential Londoners
2019    Selected by Elif Shafak for the National Centre of Writing as one of Britain’s 10 most outstanding women writers.
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    Int. 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 Choice – Blonde Roots
2009     Orange Prize for Fiction: nominated – Blonde Roots
2006     Made 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

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

2017     Teach Brunel Awards: CBASS Best Small Module Award
2015     CBASS Award for Excellence,
2014     Appointed The Public Orator
2014     Shortlist of 3: University Inspirational Teacher Award
CBASS: College of Business, Arts & Life Sciences


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