Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo has a new work on its way. Titled Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, the book is part of a three-book deal with Evaristo’s longtime British publisher Hamish Hamilton, including a short story collection. Manifesto is her first work of non-fiction and first full-length work since the 2019 novel Girl, Woman, Other. Her first book-length work since winning the Booker Prize, its arrival is welcome news to fans of her work.
Evaristo revealed to The Guardian that the memoir had “been in the works for quite a while.” The book charts the author’s life journey and creative evolution spanning over 40 years with key insights on the importance of resilience, as well as faith and determination.
The book synopsis, as revealed by the publishers, reads:
“MANIFESTO is Bernardine Evaristo’s intimate and inspirational, no-holds-barred account of how she did it, refusing to let any barriers stand in her way. She charts her creative rebellion against the mainstream and her life-long commitment to the imaginative exploration of ‘untold’ stories. And drawing deeply on her own experiences, she offers a vital contribution to current conversations around social issues such as race, class, feminism, sexuality and aging’.”
While already established as a literary force in the continent, Bernardine Evaristo achieved mainstream fame when her eighth novel Girl, Woman, Other was announced joint-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, among others. Since 2013, she has overseen the Brunel International African Poetry Prize which was established to support young African poets and introduce their work to a global audience.
We can’t wait to read Manifesto!