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2019 Booker prize

2019 Booker prize

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo are the joint winners of 2019 Booker Prize which was declared on 15th October, after the judges broke their rules by declaring a tie.

Key Points:

  • The Prize recognises work of Canadian writer Atwood's The Testaments, and Londoner Evaristo's novel Girl, Woman, Other.
  • Atwood, 79, is the oldest ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman.
  • The pair will split the literary award's £50,000 prize money equally.
  • As per Booker rules, the prize must not be divided, but the judges insisted they "couldn't separate" the two works.

Booker Prize:

The leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland. The prize is open to writers of any nationality and first awarded in 1969. For the first time in 2019, the Booker Prize for Fiction is supported by venture capitalist Michael Moritz and novelist wife Harriet Heyman’s charitable foundation Crankstart, rather than the Man Group.

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