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Manifesto by Bernardine Evaristo
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Manifesto

On Never Giving Up

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Length 6 hours 7 minutes
Language English
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From the bestselling and Booker Prize–winning author of Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo’s memoir of her own life and writing, and her manifesto on unstoppability, creativity, and activism

Bernardine Evaristo’s 2019 Booker Prize win was a historic and revolutionary occasion, with Evaristo being the first Black woman and first Black British person ever to win the prize in its fifty-year history. Girl, Woman, Other was named a favorite book of the year by President Obama and Roxane Gay, was translated into thirty-five languages, and has now reached more than a million readers.

Evaristo’s astonishing nonfiction debut, Manifesto, is a vibrant and inspirational account of Evaristo’s life and career as she rebelled against the mainstream and fought over several decades to bring her creative work into the world. With her characteristic humor, Evaristo describes her childhood as one of eight siblings, with a Nigerian father and white Catholic mother; tells the story of how she helped set up Britain’s first Black women’s theater company; remembers the queer relationships of her twenties; and recounts her determination to write books that were absent in the literary world around her. She provides a hugely powerful perspective to contemporary conversations around race, class, feminism, sexuality, and aging. She reminds us of how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. In Manifesto, Evaristo charts her theory of unstoppability, showing creative people how they too can visualize and find success in their work, ignoring the naysayers.

Both unconventional memoir and inspirational text, Manifesto is a unique reminder to us all to persist in doing work we believe in, even when we might feel overlooked or discounted. Evaristo shows us how we too can follow in her footsteps, from first vision, to insistent perseverance, to eventual triumph.

Bernardine Evaristo (Introducer)
Bernardine Evaristo, MBE, is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other made her the first black woman to win the Booker Prize in 2019, as well winning the Fiction Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2020, where she also won Author of the Year, and the Indie Book Award. She also became the first woman of colour and black British writer to reach No.1 in the UK paperback fiction chart in 2020.

Bernardine Evaristo (Introducer)
Bernardine Evaristo, MBE, is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other made her the first black woman to win the Booker Prize in 2019, as well winning the Fiction Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2020, where she also won Author of the Year, and the Indie Book Award. She also became the first woman of colour and black British writer to reach No.1 in the UK paperback fiction chart in 2020.

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Reviews

“She mixes humor with the most difficult of subjects—slavery, prejudice, trauma—and happily combines eras and languages.”

“A triumphant meditation on her life as a writer, a Black woman, and an activist….[with] insights into the intersections of race, gender, and identity in our world.”

“Reimagines memoir as a manual for creativity, activism, and reinvention.”

“Shimmers with unfailing self-belief and a strong vein of humility.”

“[Evaristo] is unfailingly generous in delineating how she became herself.”

“A beautiful ode to determination and daring and an intimate look at one of our finest writers.”

“Speaking in an attractively husky voice, with exquisite enunciation and pacing…Evaristo is a captivating and enlightening woman to spend time with. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

“Readers will find much to ruminate over in this meditation on the power of art and persistence.”

“A rallying cry…Manifesto combines the personal with the practical to powerful effect…Entertaining as well as instructive.”

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