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Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo share The Booker Prize

Updated: Nov 2, 2019

The Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and Britisch Bernardine Evaristo won the prestigious Booker Prize for ‘The Testaments’ and ‘Girl, Woman, Other’.

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Margaret Atwood, wins with her novel ‘The Testaments’. It's the sequel of the famous book 'The Handmais Tale'. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.


Bernardine Evaristo, who also won the prize, wrote ‘Girl, Woman, Other’. Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.


Peter Florence, who is chairing the jury, says that books books reflect the society which we live in. Each one of us can relate with one of the characters in those books.


The rules of the Booker Prize state that there has to be one winner. However, the jury could not decide between these two books. After a long deliberation of a few hours, the chairmen chose to forget about the rules. They picked both 'The Testaments' as 'Girl, Woman, Other' as the winner of the Booker Prize. It is the first time the award goes to two books. The 50.000 pound award money will be split between both authors.


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