Despite the mainstream success of the likes of Andrea Levy and Monica Ali, authors with roots in immigrant communities still represent a small fraction of the industry's annual output.
This has inevitably raised questions about whether the background of key decision-makers in the industry limits the range of books being commissioned.
Samenua Sesher, director of the Decibel diversity awareness programme at the Arts Council England, says the make-up of the industry means it has missed opportunities to appeal to minority audiences through successful recent genres such as chick lit.
"Publishers need to try and cast their net a bit wider and broaden their links," she says.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Publishing is still a white preserve, with new authors from ethnic minority groups struggling to break in, reports Gavin Stamp for BBC News.