“Highly recommended…The English novel needs more Diran Adebayos.”
The Literary Review
Diran Adebayo is a novelist and cultural critic best known for his chronicling of Afro-British lives, and his distinctive, rhythmic prose. His debut, the picaresque Some Kind of Black, set among the sounds and slangs of the early nineties, was hailed as breaking new ground for the ‘London novel’, and 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, and is now a Virago Modern Classic. His second novel, the ‘neo-noir fairytale’ My Once Upon a Time was also widely praised, and, with its ‘musical’ style, solidified his reputation as a groundbreaker. Diran co-edited ‘New Writing 12‘, the British Council’s annual anthology of British and Commonwealth literature, and he has also written stories and scripts for television and radio, including the 2005 documentary ‘Out of Africa’ for BBC2, and for anthologies such as ‘OxTales’. 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 politics to popular culture, including sports – the centrepiece of his next book, the memoir, ‘“Random, and Cricket.”’
Born in London; Diran Adebayo won a major scholarship to Malvern College before reading Law at Oxford University. Diran is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a fan of Tottenham Hotspur football club and the West Indies cricket team. He is from a wider arts family. His oldest brother Yinka is a children’s author, his brother Dotun is a writer, publisher and broadcaster, his sister-in-law Carroll Thompson is a singer and his cousin Mojisola is an actor and playwright.