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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 09:33 PM

Rule-breaking Booker judges honor Atwood, Evaristo with rare double prize

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS OCTOBER 14, 2019 / 5:10 PM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO

Rule-breaking Booker judges honor Atwood, Evaristo with rare double prize

Marie-Louise Gumuchian
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LONDON (Reuters) - Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” and Bernardine Evaristo’s “Girl, Woman, Other” jointly won the Booker Prize on Monday in a surprise double award in which the literary prize recognized its oldest and first black woman winners.

The authors will split the 50,000 pounds ($62,800) annual prize, the judging panel said. The award honors “the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK and Ireland.”

Atwood, 79, previously won the prize in 2000 for “The Blind Assassin,” and “The Testaments,” published last month, is the sequel to the Canadian author’s best-selling 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Evaristo, the first black woman to win the prize, tells the stories of 12 characters, mainly female and black aged 19 to 93, living in Britain in “Girl, Woman, Other.”

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