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Bernardine Evaristo

UK flag (b.1959)

Bernardine Evaristo was born in London to an English mother and Nigerian father. The fourth of eight siblings, she was raised in Woolwich, South London, and originally trained as an actress and worked in theatre.


Genres: Literary Fiction
   Lara (1997)
   The Emperor's Babe (2001)
   Soul Tourists (2005)
   Blonde Roots (2008)
   Mr Loverman (2013)
   Girl, Woman, Other (2019)
   Island of Abraham (poems) (1994)
   How Much the Heart Can Hold (2016) (with others)
Anthologies edited
   Nw15 (2007) (with Maggie Gee)
   Ten (2010) (with Daljit Nagra)
Non fiction
   Manifesto (2021)
   Feminism (2021)
Series contributed to
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2009) : Blonde Roots
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2019) : Girl, Woman, Other
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2020) : Girl, Woman, Other
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2020) : Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo recommends
The List (2023)
Yomi Adegoke
"Topical, heartfelt, provocative and wise, Yomi Adegoke's characters are tenderly realized, and she has an exceptional ear for capturing different vernaculars so that the entire cast of this ultimate millennial novel springs vividly to life."
The Three Graces (2023)
Amanda Craig
"She's such a skilful storyteller who vividly dramatises our lives with wit, wisdom and compassion."
The Nigerwife (2023)
Vanessa Walters
"A thrillingly suspenseful novel that reveals its riches, layers and secrets through effortlessly elegant prose, while exposing the imprisoning dynamics inside transactional relationships of patriarchal power. I was hooked right through to the shocking end."
Rosewater (2023)
Liv Little
"A wonderfully fresh, zesty and sexy debut novelist who is putting black queer lives, loves and longings centre stage, where they belong."
A House for Alice (2023)
Diana Evans
"A gorgeous novel from one of our most outstanding writers to be savoured for its beautiful language and profound insights into families, relationships and life in contemporary Britain."
Fire Rush (2023)
Jacqueline Crooks
"I was blown away by Fire Rush - an exceptional and stunningly original novel by a major new writer... her mesmerising, imaginative and incantatory writing leaves us swaying to the bass of the visceral rhythms she so powerfully describes. By the end of the novel, I felt charged and changed and already longed to re-read it."

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