Bernardine Evaristo

An award-winning novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist and activist, Bernardine Evaristo is the joint winner of The Booker Prize 2019 for Girl, Woman, Other and the first Black female author to top the paperback fiction chart in the UK.

After publishing a collection of poetry entitled Island of Abraham in 1994, Evaristo found critical recognition with The Emperor’s Babe in 2001. A vibrant verse novel about a Nubian woman in Roman-ruled Londinium, the book drew praise from Ali Smith, who termed it ‘wildly entertaining and deeply affecting.’ Subsequent novels built on Evaristo’s commitment to exploring the literary potential of the African diaspora, with Blonde Roots imagining a world where white Europeans were enslaved by Africans, and Mr. Loverman detailing the romantic misadventures of an ageing Caribbean Londoner.

The Booker-winning Girl, Woman, Other is a panoramic journey through the life experiences of contemporary Black British women. Evaristo has adapted both The Emperor’s Babe and her 2010 novella Hello Mum for radio and campaigns tirelessly for greater BAME representation in UK publishing.

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Kaleidoscopic in theme and incandescent in tone, Evaristo’s panorama of modern black womanhood resounds with an astonishing diversity of voice and character as seen across a changing century. Tracking the lives and loves of a dozen British women through generations and social classes, Girl, Woman, Other weaves a distinctive, illuminating tapestry of modern British life. ‘This is a story for our times,’ comments the New Statesman. ‘If you want to understand modern day Britain, this is the writer to read.’

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From one of Britain’s most inspiring literary trailblazers, the Booker-winning author and activist Bernardine Evaristo, comes a powerful and intimate manifesto on creativity, vision and the importance of never giving up.
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Books by Bernardine Evaristo

The Emperor's Babe
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Soul Tourists
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Blonde Roots
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Mr Loverman
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Girl, Woman, Other
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Bernardine Evarsito: The Waterstones Interview

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Bernardine Evaristo Says...

"I am comforted by storytellers who are able to transport me away from my daily reality into the world of their imagination. I love the fiction of Jacob Ross, and his foray into crime fiction keeps his literary spirit alive. Black Rain Falling, his second book in a crime trilogy set on a fictional Caribbean island, is gloriously immersive and seductive. As we cannot travel at the moment, this book will take you travelling to a small island society where secrets, corruption and revenge lurk in its underbelly."

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Blogs with Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo Reveals her Top 20 Books by Black British Womxn Writers

Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo unveiled a brilliantly diverse list of books at Waterstones Bristol Galleries.


Bernardine Evaristo Recommends Her Top 5 Reads of 2019

Joint winner of the Booker Prize for Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo has had a stellar 2019. Here she picks her top black British non-fiction books of the year.