The first Black woman to win the prestigious Booker prize, Bernardine Evaristo speaks to Eve Jackson about championing Black talent, why Black women in their 50s and 60s – artists, novelists, actors, poets – are finally getting the recognition they deserve and how she manifests her success.
Her Booker Prize-winning book “Girl, Woman, Other” has been translated into 41 languages and is now an international bestseller. It was her eighth book – the first was a collection of poems published in 1994 called Island Of Abraham. The British-Nigerian writer and activist’s other works are now coming out in other languages.
She’s in France for her 2008 novel “Blonde Roots” which reimagines the transatlantic slave trade – in which White people are enslaved by Black people – and her memoir “Manifesto: On Never Giving Up”, which are out in French published by Globe this February.