There are several writers of African descent on the shortlists for the British Book Awards 2021 announced on March 19, 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 revealed were 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.

Those on the shortlists that are off African descent are;


  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Children’s Illustrated & Non-Fiction

  • Black and British: A short, essential history by David Olusoga Macmillan Children’s Books

Fiction: Début

  • The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
  • Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Non-fiction: Lifestyle

  • Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain

Non-fiction: Narrative

  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • Me And White Supremacy by Layla F Saad


  • All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle

The winners of the awards will be revealed on Thursday, May 13, 2021.