‘This honest, engaging memoir shares such gems . . . the perfect read for anyone who dreams big’ The Times and Sunday Times, Books of the Year
The powerful, urgent memoir and manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine Evaristo
In 2019, Bernardine Evaristo became the first black woman to win the Booker Prize since its inception fifty years earlier – a revolutionary landmark for Britain. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history.
Manifesto is her intimate and fearless account of how she did it. From a childhood steeped in racism from neighbours, priests and even some white members of her own family, to discovering the arts through her local youth theatre; from stuffing her belongings into bin bags, always on the move between temporary homes, to exploring many romantic partners both toxic and loving, male and female, and eventually finding her soulmate; from setting up Britain’s first theatre company for Black women in the eighties to growing into the trailblazing writer, theatre-maker, teacher, mentor and activist we see today – Bernardine charts her rebellion against the mainstream and her life-long commitment to community and creativity. And, through the prism of her extraordinary experiences, she offers vital insights into the nature of race, class, feminism, sexuality and ageing in modern Britain.
Bernardine Evaristo’s life story is a manifesto for courage, integrity, optimism, resourcefulness and tenacity. It’s a manifesto for anyone who has ever stood on the margins, and anyone who wants to make their mark on history. It’s a manifesto for being unstoppable.
‘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’ Independent
‘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
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 * Independent * 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 * Psychologies * A meditation on personal transformation, cultural inequalities, activism, belonging, love and friendships - and above all, the power of creativity * New Statesman * Bernardine Evaristo is one of Britain's best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtlety and humanity. Exceptional -- Nikesh Shukla, author of Brown Baby and The Good Immigrant How I wish when I was 18, that someone - if not necessarily my school - had also thrust Manifesto into my hands * Evening Standard * Shimmers with unfailing self-belief and a strong vein of humility * The Spectator * This humorous and eye-opening memoir is fascinating . . . and beautifully told * Sunday Telegraph, Five Books That Will Make You See the World Differently * The autobiographical parts of the book serve as vivid lessons about the power of change, growth and self-confidence * The Daily Telegraph * The most striking feature of this moving and enjoyable book is her fearless openness. When the publishing world looked closed to her she prised it open with her daring fiction * The Sunday Times * Bernardine Evaristo is the most daring, imaginative and innovative of writers -- Inua Ellams Manifesto serves as not only a beautifully written, measured companion piece to the fictionalised lives of Girl, Woman, Other, but as a testament to Evaristo's own trailblazing commitment to creativity, education and activism * Buzzfeed *
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