Reni Eddo-Lodge won the £1,000 (about $1,390) Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour, which celebrates works by British/British resident BAME authors, for Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury Circus). This year's winner also received a trophy designed by ceramics artist Chris Bramble and made possible by the support of novelist Dorothy Koomson.
Sunny Singh, Jhalak Prize co-founder and judging panel chair, commented: "The final decision was very difficult and we went back and forth right to the end. The entire shortlist is so extraordinary that any and all of them are deserving winners. But Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I 'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race stood as an essential for Britain today."
Judge Vera Chok commended the book's "balance between important social impact and personal account." Catherine Johnson said: "Reni's is the book I want to put in everyone's hand right now. It's as simple as that. What a timely and important read."
Among the many businesses and individuals shortlisted for the London Book Fair's 2018 International Excellence Awards, the Bookstore of the Year finalists are:
The Uppsala English Bookshop (Sweden)