Living the Dream and A Book of Secrets longlisted for the Diverse Book Awards

Living the Dream by Isabelle Dupuy and A Book of Secrets by Kate Morrison have been longlisted for the inaugural Diverse Book Awards 2020.

The award longlist, announce on Friday 31st July 2020, recognises diversity & inclusivity in UK children’s, YA and adult fiction books shines spotlight on the work being done in the publishing industry to support diverse storytelling. Jacaranda authors Dupuy and Morrison are longlisted in the Adult Fiction category.


Living the Dream by British-Haitian author Isabelle Dupuy is a powerful women's fiction debut exploring the mental, emotional and social pressures around belonging through the lives of two immigrant women living affluent lives amongst London's powerful middle and upper class. A former investment banker herself, through this novel Dupuy presents a vivid insight into a very private world of wealth, power and luxury, rife with dark secrets and deep insecurities. BUY IT HERE


Kate Morrison's beautiful historical fiction novel A Book of Secrets tells the story of a young Black West African girl living as a free woman in England amidst an Elizabethan underworld of spies, secret plots and religious tensions between the Protestant crown and the Catholic population. It provides a striking new perspective on the era. BUY IT HERE

Created by Abiola Bello and Helen Lewis, co-founders of The Author School and Hashtag Press, the Diverse Book Awards highlights the outstanding diverse and inclusive books that were published by British/UK-based authors/publishers in 2019. The shortlist will be revealed at the end of September and the winners in each category announced in October.


The Diverse Book Awards Longlist

Children’s Fiction

  • Son of the Circus by E. L. Norry (Scholastic)
  • My Hair by Hannah Lee, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan (Faber & Faber)
  • Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik (Hodder)
  • The Mysterious Melody by SP K-Mushambi, illustrated by Kudzai Gumbo (Naniso Media Ltd & Conscious Dreams Publishing)
  • The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf (Orion Children’s Books)
  • Tin Boy by Steve Cole, illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Barrington Stoke)
  • Toad Attack by Patrice Lawrence, illustrated by Becka Moor (Barrington Stoke)
  • What Can We Be? by Ryan Crawford, illustrator Kayla Coombs (Tiny Tree)


Young Adult Fiction

  • All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman (Hot Key Books)
  • Becoming Dinah by Kit De Waal (Orion Children’s Books)
  • Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung (Andersen Press)
  • Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard (Scholastic)
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (Hodder)
  • The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla (Hodder)
  • The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Hachette)
  • The Tunnels Below by Nadine Wild-Palmer (Pushkin Children's)

Adult Fiction

  • A Book of Secrets by Kate Morrison (Jacaranda)
  • Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh (Simon & Schuster)
  • Everything You Ever Wanted by Luiza Sauma (Penguin/Viking)
  • Golden Child by Claire Adam (Faber & Faber)
  • Living The Dream by Isabelle Dupuy (Jacaranda)
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (Trapeze)
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (Penguin/Viking)
  • This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik (Zaffre/Bonnier)

The full longlist below is available to order from Jacaranda Books Online. To find out more, email