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The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo’s 2019 Booker win – the first by a Black woman – was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for her. After three decades as a trailblazing writer, teacher and activist, she moved from the margins to centre stage, taking her place in the spotlight at last. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history.

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.

This is a unique book about staying true to yourself and to your vision. It’s about how to be unstoppable – in your craft, your work, your life. It is Bernardine Evaristo’s manifesto for never giving up.

‘Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere.’ Elif Shafak

‘Bernardine Evaristo is one of Britain’s best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtlety and humanity. Exceptional’ Nikesh Shukla

‘Bernardine Evaristo is the most daring, imaginative and innovative of writers’ Inua Ellams

© Bernadine Evaristo 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • This honest, engaging memoir shares such gems . . . the perfect read for anyone who dreams big

    The Times & The Sunday Times, Book of the Year
  • Raw and emotive . . . a powerful account of how Evaristo got to the top of her game – it’s moving, but there’s also much humour and joy

  • Manifesto combines the personal with the practical to powerful effect

    The Guardian
  • Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere

    Elif Shafak, author of the bestselling The Island of Missing Trees
  • A bold memoir. Prepare to be inspired

  • A meditation on personal transformation, cultural inequalities, activism, belonging, love and friendships – and above all, the power of creativity

    New Statesman

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