The Booker Prize violates the rules and names two winners for 2019
The two winners were selected from a narrower selection of six authors. Atwood is best known for "The Testaments," a sequel to "A Handmaid's Tale." Evaristo won for her book " Girl, Woman, Other."
This is only the third time that a double award has been given. In fact, the price changed its rules in 1993 to make it clear that "the price may not be shared or withheld by two authors after the second victory".
But the judges said they just could not make a decision.
"In a painful five hours, the 201
9 Booker Prize Judges debated all popular books on their shortlist and found it impossible to identify a winner," said Gaby Wood, literary director of the Booker Prize Foundation. in a statement.
"The Booker Prize was already awarded jointly to Nadine Gordimer and Stanley Middleton in 1974 and to Michael Ondaatje and Barry Unsworth in 1992." History. This is Atwood's second Booker Prize, and at 79 she will be the oldest award winner ever to receive the award. Evaristo will be the first black woman to win a Booker award.
The two authors will divide the prize money of £ 50,000 (approximately $ 63,000).
Explanation: This story has been updated to make it clear that Bernardine Evaristo is the first black woman to win the Price Booker Prize.
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