Hello! We’re Foluke and Dorothy, the pair behind The PRECIOUS Book Box with Dorothy Koomson. We created this book subscription service that aims to highlight Black authors and Black-owned businesses so we can hep you upgrade your reading experience. Read all about us below.
My name is Dorothy and I’m an internationally bestselling author. Foluke and I came up with the idea of The PRECIOUS Book Box to help make self-care and reading part of their everyone’s routine. The PRECIOUS Book Box is also a way for us to champion Black authors and Black-owned brands.
My name is Foluke and I’m the person behind The Precious Network, a platfrom aimed at women of colour. The PRECIOUS Book Box was born out of a desire to create something uplifting in these uncertain times. I think we both felt a responsibility to be a positive force and provide a platform for Black voices in literature and business.
A bit more about us . . .
Dorothy Koomson is an award-winning, global bestselling author whose novels include the Sunday Times bestsellers All My Lies Are True, The Ice Cream Girls and My Best Friend’s Girl. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages with sales that exceed 2 million copies in the UK alone. Her third book, My Best Friend’s Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006, and her novels The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach were both shortlisted for the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013, respectively. A TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was first shown on ITV1 in 2013.
Foluke Akinlose MBE founded Precious in 1999, the first digital magazine for women of colour in the UK. Precious quickly became the go-to-resource for women of colour looking for advice and support on anything from the best beauty products to business resources.
Building on the success of the brand, Foluke went on to launch the Precious Awards in 2007 to champion ambitious women of colour by rewarding their business achievements. This was followed in 2018 by the Precious Lifestyle Awards, which applaud the achievements of women of colour across the creative industries; and Precious Girls, which aims to provide access to positive female role models, and instil positive images and beliefs amongst young women and girls with a range of programmes and events taking place in schools and colleges across the UK.