Booker Prize has two winners

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The annual Booker Prize for English language fiction is among the world’s most prestigious literary awards. This year, judges awarded the prize to two authors, Bernardine Evaristo’s eighth book of fiction Girl, Woman, Other and Margaret Atwood for The Testaments.

Evaristo is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London. Girl, Woman, Other is described as “teeming with life and crackling with energy – a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood”.

Margaret Atwood was previously awarded the Booker Prize in 2000 for The Blind Assassin. Atwood will donate her prize money for this title to the Canadian Indigenous Charity, Indspire.

Her book The Testaments is the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale a dystopian masterpiece and a modern classic. Atwood said a deterioration in women’s rights in parts of the world, including the US, prompted her to write the sequel, described by judges as “savage and beautiful”. (ABC News online Tuesday 15/10/19). Both winning novels continue the feminist tradition. (Guardian via Pressreader 16/10/2019)

State Library resources

Many Margaret Atwood titles are available from the State Library of Queensland. Works are available in multiple formats.

Playaway titles include Robber Bride, Year of the Flood, Wilderness and Hag Seed. Other audiobooks are Wilderness Tips, Stone Mattress and Robber Bride. Alias Grace is available in MP3. Available via online request.

In the Wake of the Flood is available from Kanopy. Libraries can stream Kanopy films for free to registered users. Kanopy documentaries include Margaret Atwood and Environmental Dystopia and The Handmaid’s Tale: Feminism and Religion.

Above: Visit Kanopy for films about Margaret Atwood’s work.

The Handmaid’s Tale is also available as a book club set to registered book club members only.

Find reviews and information about the Booker prize from the State Library eresource Library Press Reader available to all State Library members. Further resources available on the State Library catalogue. For assistance contact