Atwood and Evaristo Win 2019 Booker Prize

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Vintage, Chatto & Windus) and Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton) were announced as joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize during a ceremony held October 14, 2019 at the Guildhall in London, UK.

The Booker rules forbid splitting the prize, but chair of judges Peter Florence said, “We were told quite firmly that the rules state we can only have one winner. Our consensus was that it was our decision to flout the rules and divide this year’s prize to celebrate two winners.” Bernardine Evaristo is the first black woman to win the award, and Atwood is the oldest winner at 79. Both authors will split the £50,000 prize money. This year’s judges were Florence, Liz Calder, Xiaolu Guo, Afua Hirsch, and Joanna MacGregor.

For more information, see the Booker Prize website.

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