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Increased diversity in world of books

Something special is happening in UK publishing. After the success of The Good Immigrant (edited by Nikesh Shukla) and titles like Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, there has been a renewed push to rectify the problems of an industry that has too long ignored narratives outside the white experience. Out of the thousands of titles published in 2016, a Bookseller study found that fewer than 100 books were published by non-white Brits.

Sharmaine Lovegrove is one of the women single-handedly changing the face of the industry. She runs Dialogue Books, a new, inclusive publishing imprint from Little, Brown with a focus on BAME, LGBTQI+ and disabled writers. She scored a hat-trick of acquisitions on one day last summer, all of which she will publish in 2018. Her work complements that of the Jhalak prize – a competition set up to address the lack of…


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