Teeming with energy, humour and heart, a love song to black Britain told by twelve very different people.
Bernardine Evaristo, MBE, is the award-winning author of eight
books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the
African diaspora. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other made her the first
black woman to win the Booker Prize in 2019, as well winning the
Fiction Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2020,
where she also won Author of the Year, and the Indie Book Award.
She also became the first woman of colour and black British writer
to reach No.1 in the UK paperback fiction chart in 2020. Her
writing spans reviews, essays, drama and radio, and she has edited
and guest-edited national publications, including The Sunday Time's
Style magazine. Her other awards and honours include an MBE in
2009. Bernardine is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel
University, London, and President of the Royal Society of
Literature. She lives in London with her husband.
Give [Evaristo] more prizes! All the prizes! It has the pace of a
whistle stop tour and yet it seems no detail of the myriad of lives
we encounter is missed.
*Graham Norton via Twitter*
If you haven't discovered [Evaristo] yet, I urge you to read all and any of her books. Devoured one a day already and ordered more. Hilarious, compassionate, moving and brutally honest.
*Richard E Grant via Twitter*
Beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain. The characters are so vivid, the writing is beautiful and it brims with humanity.
*Nicola Sturgeon via Twitter*
Weaves through time and space with crackling originality
Exuberant, bursting at the seams in delightful ways... Evaristo continues to expand and enhance our literary canon. If you want to understand modern day Britain, this is the writer to read
An exceptional book that unites poetry, social history, women's voices and beyond. Order it right now
Evaristo's prose hums with life as characters seem to step off the page fully formed. At turns funny and sad, tender and true, this book deserves to win awards
Brims with vitality
With this rich composition, Evaristo deserves a toast
Masterful... A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain
'Girl, Woman, Other is about struggle, but it is also about love, joy and imagination.
Threads together the diverse life stories of 12 black British women in ways that deliberately resist categorisation
Such a satisfying read, funny and true, the characters are so real you feel you know them already
*Miranda Sawyer via Twitter*
A warm, humorous and ambitious novel, and one that is enjoyably playful in style. It is both a product of its time and unlike any book ever written about Britain
My favorite book of 2019 . . . the most absorbing book I read all year. This novel is a master class in storytelling. It is absolutely unforgettable. When I turned the final page, I felt the ache of having to leave the world Evaristo created but I also felt the excitement of getting to read the book all over again. It should have won the Booker alone. It deserves all the awards and then some.
'Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo is the best book in recent years to have embodied the idea that there are as many ways to be joyful as there are to be Black. Polyphonic and nuanced, it celebrates the lives of Black British women rather than commiserating with them, which is a crucial - and rare - distinction.'