Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have become the first authors* to jointly win the Booker Prize for Fiction.
Atwood’s The Testaments and Evaristo’s novel Girl, Woman, Other earned each author an equal share of the £50,000 prize.
Atwood, 79, is the oldest ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman to win.
The other nominees were Lucy Ellmann, Chigozie Obioma, Sir Salman Rushdie and Elif Shafak.
It’s a sign of the times when the BBC – which, it seems, couldn’t be bothered to do its homework – and which touts the phrase Why you can trust BBC News on its web pages, gets its facts wrong:
In 1974 Nadine Gordimer – The Conservationist – and Stanley Middleton – Holiday – were joint winners and in 1992 Michael Ondaatje – The English Patient – and Barry Unsworth – Sacred Hunger – also shared the Booker prize.