Caleb Azumah Nelson

One of Kei Miller’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“It is the intelligence that infuses almost every keenly observed sentence that strikes you, and not an intelligence that is showy or bragging, but the kind of intelligence that holds within it a quality of vulnerability. Open Water enchants even as it breaks your heart.”

Kei Miller

Novelist and photographer documenting people and their infinitudes

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a British-Ghanaian writer and photographer living in south-east London. His writing has been published in The White Review and Granta. He has been shortlisted for the Palm Photo Prize and the BBC National Short Story Prize 2020. His debut novel, Open Water, was published in 2021.

Read a New York Times interview with Caleb

‘A tender and touching love story, beautifully told’ Observer, 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2021

‘A beautiful and powerful novel about the true and sometimes painful depths of love’ Candice Carty-Williams, bestselling author of Queenie

‘An unforgettable debut… it’s Sally Rooney meets Michaela Coel meets Teju Cole’ New York Times

‘A love song to Black art and thought’ Yaa Gyasi, bestselling author of Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom’

To be recognised in this way, for the thing you do, the thing you love, by a writer you admire, is nothing short of a dream. I’m very grateful.



Open Water (Viking, 2021) (Grove Atlantic, USA, 2021)

Contact Caleb


Twitter: @calebanelson

Instagram: @caleb_nelson


United Agents: Seren Adams


Viking, Penguin Books. Contact Rosie Safaty

Image credit: Stuart Simpson @ Penguin Books