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 a Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.
When Bernardine’s novel Girl, Woman, Other jointly-won the Booker Prize in 2019 she was the first Black woman and Black British person to win the prize. In 2020 she was awarded the British Book Award’s Author of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year, and the Independent Book Award for Fiction. The novel has been nominated for many other awards – including being shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize – and was a number 1 Sunday Times bestseller for five weeks – Bernardine was the first woman of colour to achieve this position in the paperback fiction chart. Bernardine was chosen as one of the Vogue 25 list of Britain’s most influential women for 2020, and was voted one of 100 Great Black Britons in 2020. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020.
Her latest book Manifesto On Never Giving Up is her life story.