Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo joint winners of Booker Prize
The leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.
The prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction jointly awarded to Canadian author Margaret Atwood for the Testaments and Anglo- Nigerian author Bernardine Evastio for Girl, Women, Other in London. Atwood becomes only the second female author to win the award twice, the award has been shared twice before, in 1974 and 1992, when the rules were changes to supposedly prevent it from happening again. Bernardine Evaristo is the first black woman, to win the Booker.
As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of 12 very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.