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Caleb Azumah Nelson



Caleb Azumah Nelson is a British-Ghanaian writer and photographer living in south-east London. His writing has been published in Litro. He was recently shortlisted for the Palm Photo Prize and the BBC National Short Story Prize 2020, and won the People's Choice prize. His debut novel, Open Water, is out next year.
 

Awards: Dylan Thomas (2024), SoA (2022), Nibbies (2022), NBA (2021)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Novels
   Open Water (2021)
   Small Worlds (2023)
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Collections
   The BBC National Short Story Award 2020 (2020) (with others)
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Awards
2024 Dylan Thomas Prize : Small Worlds
2022 Somerset Maugham Award : Open Water
2022 British Book Award Debut Book of the Year : Open Water
2021 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 : Open Water
2021 Costa Book Award for Best First Novel : Open Water

Award nominations
2024 Jhalak Prize (nominee) : Small Worlds
2023 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction (nominee) : Small Worlds
2022 Betty Trask Prize (nominee) : Open Water
2021 Desmond Elliott Prize (nominee) : Open Water
2020 BBC National Short Story Prize (nominee) : Pray


Caleb Azumah Nelson recommends
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I Will Greet the Sun Again (2023)
Khashayar J Khabushani
"Exquisite, heartbreaking, incredibly beautiful . . . , this is a novel to return to again and again."
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Fire Rush (2023)
Jacqueline Crooks
"This beautiful, sprawling narrative is wrought with an incredible precision and a musicality which carries every sentence. Crooks' novel haunts but make space for hope as well."
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Keeping the House (2021)
Tice Cin
"Keeping The House drew me in from the first few lines. A glorious novel which thrums with feeling, illustrating the London community with a sharp and confident eye. Her characters are full and sure, and traverse their world with humour, boldness and love. Hope fills these pages."

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