London: The Booker prize 2019 was tied between Canadian author Margaret Atwood and British author Bernadine Evaristo yesterday held at a gala ceremony in Guildhall, London. Atwood was awarded for her ‘The Testament’ while Evaristo won for ‘Girl, Woman, Other’.
Evaristo became the first black woman to win the prestigious award since the creation of the Booker Prize in 1969. On the other hand, the judges at the prestigious award flouted the rules by dividing the prize and declaring a tie.
The rules for the Booker prize were changed after the last tie which happened in 1992, and the organizers weren’t allowed to pick two winners but they changed after five hours of deliberations this time. As per the judges, they both wanted the authors to share the GBP 50,000 award.
It is worth recollecting that Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tales’ published in 1986 was also shortlisted for the prize. Meanwhile, British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie’s tragicomic ‘Quichotte’ was among the six books shortlisted for the prize.