Spotlight: Bernardine Evaristo's Manifesto on Never Giving Up

From the first Black woman and first Black Briton to win the Booker Prize. 

Evaristo, Bernardine. Manifesto On Never Giving Up. Grove. Jan. 2022. NAp. ISBN 9780802158901. $27. MEMOIR

The first Black woman and first Black Briton ever to win the Booker Prize (for 2019’s Girl,Bernardine Evaristo Woman, Other), Evaristo here publishes her first nonfiction, plumbing her life and career to deepen our understanding of race, class, feminism, sexuality, and aging today. She ranges from her early years as an actor and playwright in London to her dawning political awareness to her decades-long commitment to bringing forth the missing stories of Black Britons like her. Along the way, Evaristo explains how her theory of unstoppability inspired her, as it will surely inspire her readers.

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle.

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