Honours

Writing
2015     Elected a Fellow of the English Association (est. 1906)
2015     The Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College, USA
2015     Triangle Awards: Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction (USA) for Mr Loverman
2014     Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize for Mr Loverman
2010     Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (USA) – finalist for Blonde Roots
2010     Poetry Book Society Special Commendation for Ten poetry anthology
2009     International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award – nominated for Blonde Roots
2009     The Big Red Read Award: fiction & overall winner for Blonde Roots
2009     Awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List
2009     Orange Prize Youth Panel Award for Blonde Roots
2009     Orange Prize for Fiction – nominated for Blonde Roots
2006     Made a Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (est. 1820)
2004     Elected a Fellow, Royal Society of Literature
2003     NESTA* Fellowship Award for The Emperor’s Babe
2000     The Arts Council of England Writers Award 2000 – for The Emperor’s Babe
1999      EMMA Best Book Award for Lara

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

Academic
2015     CBASS Award for Excellence, Brunel University London
2014     Appointed The Public Orator, Brunel University London
2014     Inspirational Teacher Award, Brunel University London – shortlist of 3
2006    British Council Creative Writing Fellow, Georgetown University, USA
2002    University of East Anglia, Creative Writing Fellow

NOTABLE BOOKS OF THE YEAR 

Notable Book of the Year plaudits 13 times in newspapers & magazines.

Mr Loverman
An Observer Book of the Year

Blonde Roots

A Financial Times Book of the Year
A Prospect Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year
A Telegraph Pick of the Paperbacks
The London Paper Top Choice

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

A Sunday Times Pick of the Week
A Telegraph Book of the Year
A Sunday Independent Book of the Year
A Times Book of the Year
An Ireland Sunday Independent Book of the Year
A Red Magazine Pick of the Paperbacks
A Times Best of Summer Books

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