Bernardine Evaristo, MBE, is the award-winning author of many books of narrative fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other made her the first Black woman to win the Booker Prize in 2019, as well as won the Fiction Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 2020, where she also won Author of the Year and the Indie Book Award. She became the first woman of color and Black British writer to reach number one in the UK paperback fiction chart in 2020. Her writing spans reviews, essays, drama, and radio, and she has edited and guest-edited national publications, including the Sunday Times Style magazine. Her other awards and honors include an MBE in 2009. Evaristo is a professor of creative writing at Brunel University, London, and vice chair of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London with her husband.