Booker Prize 2019


The 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction was announced on 14 October 2019. The Man Booker longlist of 13 books was announced on 23 July, and was narrowed down to a shortlist of six on 3 September. The Prize was awarded jointly to Margaret Atwood for The Testaments and Bernardine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other.

  • Both the winners were at the tie and the award was jointly shared by the two.
  • As per the existing rules of the Booker’s Prize, the prize must not be divided between the winners i.e. there must be a single winner of the Prize.
  • The rule was made during the last tie in 1992.
  • But the judges said, they could not separate Atwood’s – ‘The Testament’ and ‘Girl, Woman, other’ by Evaristo, who is the first black woman to win the prestigious award since its inception. 
  • After deliberations, the chairman of the five-member judging panel, Peter Florence, said to flout the rules.
  • British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie’s book ‘Quichotte’ was among the six books shortlisted for the prize.
  • Rushdie was shortlisted for the 5th time for the award including the 1981 win where he bagged the award for “Midnight’s Children”.