|"Highly recommended...The English novel needs more Diran Adebayos."
The Literary Review
Diran Adebayo is an acclaimed novelist, short fiction writer and cultural
critic best known for his vivid, picaresque takes on modern Britain,
and his distinctive style. His debut novel, Some Kind of Black, was
one of the first to articulate a British-African perspective, and
was hailed as breaking new ground for the 'London novel'. It won him
numerous awards, including the Writers Guild of Great Britain's New
Writer of the Year Award, the 1996 Saga Prize, a Betty Trask Award,
and The Authors' Club's 'Best First Novel' award. It was also long
listed for the Booker Prize, serialised on radio and is now a Virago
Modern Classic. His second novel, My Once Upon a Time, a dazzling
slice of neo-noir set in a re-imagined city, was also widely acclaimed,
and solidified his reputation as a groundbreaker. In 2004 he co-edited
'New Writing 12', the British Council's annual anthology of British
and Commonwealth literature, with Blake Morrison and Jane Rogers.
Diran has also written for television and radio, including the 2005
documentary 'Out of Africa' for BBC2. As a critic, he's written extensively
in the national press and appeared as a guest on shows such as 'Newsnight',
'The Culture Show', 'This Week' and the 'Today' programme, discussing
everything from sport and race to politics and popular culture.
He is currently writing his third novel, The Ballad of Dizzy and Miss
P, and a sports-based memoir. He is a member of the National Council
of the Arts Council of England and a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Born in London, Diran Adebayo won a major scholarship to Malvern College
before reading Law at Oxford University. His older brother Dotun is
a broadcaster and publisher and his cousin, Mojisola, is an actor
Click here to read Diran's views on writing.
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