David Olusoga’s Black and British: A Short, Essential History was the sole Black winner at British Book Awards 2021 announced on May 13, 2021.
The British Book Awards or Nibbies were founded by Fred Newman, the founder, editor and publisher of Publishing News who ran them from 1990–2009. They were then acquired by Agile Marketing who renamed it the National Book Awards. In 2017, the award was acquired by The Bookseller who reverted it to the original British Book Awards or Nibbies. In 2020, Bernardine Evaristo, Candice Carty-Williams, and Oyinkan Braithwaite were among the winners.
The 2021 shortlists for audiobooks, children’s fiction, Children’s Illustrated & Non-Fiction, Fiction, Fiction: Crime and Thriller, Fiction: Début, Non-fiction: Lifestyle, Non-fiction: Narrative, and Pageturner were revealed on March 19. From these, only David Olusoga’s Black and British: A Short, Essential History won in the Children’s Illustrated and Non-fiction Book of the Year Award category last night.
David Olusoga’s book is an essential introduction to 1,800 years of Black British history: from the Roman Africans, right up to the present day. Watch David Olusoga in conversation with on the day below;