Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have been named the joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize after the judges broke their rules by declaring a tie.

Jon Parker Lee Photography have photographed both writers when they appeared at the Manchester Literature Festival. Bernardine Evaristo this year and Margaret Atwood a couple of years ago.

Booker Prize Winner 2019 Author Margaret Atwood The Testaments Handmaids Tale Photography by Jon Parker Lee

Margaret Atwood at Manchester Literature Festival

Atwood’s The Testaments, the Canadian writer’s follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale, was recognised alongside Londoner Evaristo’s novel Girl, Woman, Other.

Booker Prize winner 2019 Bernardine Evaristo at Manchester Literature Festival 2019 photographed by Jon Parker Lee photography

Bernardine Evaristo at 2019 Manchester Literature Festival

For the third time in its 50-year history, the Booker Prize has been shared between two authors.

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo were named joint winners on Monday and will each receive half of the £50,000 prize money.

The award was previously shared in 1974 and again in 1992, after which the rules were changed to prevent another tie.

The Booker rules say the prize must not be divided, but the judges insisted they “couldn’t separate” the two works.

Atwood, 79, is the oldest ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman to win.

Booker Prize 2019 Shortlist

Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport, Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities, Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte, and Elif Shafak’s 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World have been announced as the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction.

The 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction is chaired by Natalie Haynes and the judges are Afua Hirsch, Liz Calder, Xiaolu Guo and Joanna MacGregor.

Other authors photographed by Jon Parker Lee Photography  at the Manchester Literature Festival 2019

The Guardian