Professor Bernardine Evaristo was joint winner of the Booker Prize 2019, the world's most prestigious prize for the novel, for her book Girl, Woman, Other, which was also a Sunday Times bestseller and the 12th bestselling novel for hardback fiction in the UK in 2019. It was also a Barack Obama 'Top 19 Book for 2019' and it made over 20 Book of the Year selections including a New Yorker, Washington Post and Financial Times 'Top 10 Book of 2019'. It was also a Sunday Times 'Book of the Decade' and a Guardian 'Book That Defined the Decade'.
Her seven other books of fiction and verse fiction including Mr Loverman (Penguin 2013), Lara (Bloodaxe 2009), Blonde Roots (Penguin 2008) and The Emperor’s Babe (Penguin 2001). Her writing includes drama and other writing for BBC Radio 3 & 4, as well as fiction, poetry, memoir, theatre drama and essays. She has also undertaken many editorships and writes literary criticism for the national newspapers and magazines.
Her writing is focused on African diaspora interests and is characterised by unique temporal, spatial and stylistic experiments that connect and explore the borders of genre, race, gender, culture, history and sexuality. She has accepted over 170 invitations to present her work and ideas world-wide and frequently appears at literary events in Britain. She has also judged and chaired many literary prizes and founded The Complete Works poetry development scheme for poets of colour in 2007 and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2011.
She earned her PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, and has received many other honours, awards, nominations & prestigious selections for her books. Two monographs have been published about her writing since 2011.
In 2004 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is its Vice Chair; in 2006 she was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2017 she was elected a Fellow of the English Association.
In 2009 she was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for being ‘a major voice in the multicultural panorama of multicultural British literature’.
Newest selected publications
Evaristo, B. (2011) ''The Book that Changed Me', essay written & read by the author'. [BBC Radio 3.]
Evaristo, B. and Nagra. D. (2010) 'Ten'. Bloodaxe Books. ISSN 10: 1852248793 ISSN 13: 978-1852248796
Evaristo, B. (2010) 'Hello Mum'. Penguin. ISSN 10: 0141044381 ISSN 13: 978-0141044385
Evaristo, B. (2010) 'Wasafiri: Black Britain-Beyond Definition, with co-ed Karen McCarthy Woolf'. Routledge.
Evaristo, B. (2009) 'Lara'. Bloodaxe Books.