British writer Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of eight books and numerous other published and produced works that span the genres of novels, poetry, verse fiction, short fiction, essays, literary criticism, and radio and theatre drama. Her writing and projects are based around her interest in the African diaspora. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.
Bernardine’s novel Girl, Woman, Other won the Booker Prize 2019, and in 2020, the British Book Award’s Author of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year, and the Indie Book Award for Fiction. It is currently nominated for the Australian Book Industry Awards, Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, Publishing Triangle Awards USA and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The novel is currently the No 1 UK bestselling paperback fiction title, the first time for a woman of colour, and it has spent over twenty-three weeks in the top 10.
Her verse novel The Emperor’s Babe was adapted into a BBC Radio 4 play in 2013 and her novella Hello Mum was adapted as a BBC Radio 4 play in 2012. In 2015 she wrote and presented a two-part BBC Radio 4 documentary called Fiery Inspiration: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement.
She has edited several publications and her literary criticism appears in national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Observer, Times, Independent and New Statesman. She has also judged many literary awards and is on the Editorial Board of the African Poetry Book Fund (USA) for all its publications and prizes.
Booker Prize Winner 2019
Sunday Times Bestseller
One of Barack Obama’s 19 Top Books 2019
‘It’s a triumphantly wide-ranging novel, told in a hybrid of prose and poetry…It’s also, to my mind, the strongest contender on the (Booker) shortlist. A big, bold, sexy book that cracks open a world that needs to be known…Evaristo’s job is to observe, broaden our minds and to be funny – often very funny indeed…’
– Sunday Times