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”.