The inaugural Jhalak prize for black, Asian and minority ethnic writers (BAME) has been bagged by Jacob Ross with his crime novel The Bone Readers.
On the small Caribbean island of Camaho, an officer works in a rogue police force, he can read bones under LED lights are the basic plot of the novel. Ross is the author of two short story collections and the acclaimed 2009 novel Pynter Bender.
Bernadine Evaristo praised the author saying, “Ross’s characters are always powerfully delineated through brilliant visual descriptions, dialogue that trips off the tongue, and keenly observed behaviour… The Bone Readers is a page-turner, but its insights and language are equally testament to a literary novel of impressive depth and acuity.”
Ross won the £1,000 worth prize on Friday night, including Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s children’s book The Girl Of Ink And Stars, Abir Mukherjee’s thriller A Rising Man, Irenosen Okojie’s short-story collection Speak Gigantular, Guardian journalist Gary Younge’s exploration of US gun violence, Another Day In The Death of America and historian David Olusoga’s Black And British: A Forgotten History.