Honours

Writing
2015     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) 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     Elected 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 for The Emperor’s Babe
2002     Creative Writing Fellow, University of East Anglia
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

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