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Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning hymn to togetherness

Perhaps only the stoniest reader could fail to bask in the celebratory glow of Girl, Woman, Other

By Anthony Cummins   Winter Special

Author Bernardine Evaristo attending a photocall for the 2019 Booker Prize shortlisted authors, at the South Bank centre in London. Picture date: Sunday October 13, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics

Joint winner of the Booker Prize with Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, this joyful comic tapestry of black British life follows 11 characters in the orbit of Amma, a veteran fringe playwright belatedly tasting mainstream approval when her show about “lesbian warriors” in precolonial Benin opens at the National Theatre.

Ranging from 1905 to 2017, from Aberdeen to Cornwall, Africa to the Caribbean, the book unfolds as a string of survivors’…

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