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. The novel has been nominated for many other awards. The novel was a #1 Sunday Times bestseller for five weeks, the first woman of colour to achieve this position in the paperback fiction chart, and it has been the Top 10 for thirty weeks. Bernardine was chosen as one of The Vogue 25 list of Britain’s most influential women for 2020 as well as making other lists including being voted one of 100 Great Black Britons in 2020. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020.
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