Manifesto: Unalloyed insights into the making of a writer

Book review: Bernardine Evaristo’s memoir is a moving and highly readable account of a creative life

Bernardine Evaristo: “The idea of black British writing wasn’t just marginalised, it was barely on the radar of a literature sector that couldn’t quite grasp that such a demographic existed.” Photograph: Penguin

Bernardine Evaristo: “The idea of black British writing wasn’t just marginalised, it was barely on the radar of a literature sector that couldn’t quite grasp that such a demographic existed.” Photograph: Penguin

Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo’s new memoir, Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, offers unalloyed insights into the making of a writer, illuminating the artistic journey of the author in an important and refreshing perspective on publishing and creativity in Britain in the last 40 years.

“Preparing to write this book, I dug out some letters I’d written to myself as a record of my life at particular times,” she writes of self-correspondence whose contents augment her memory of her father, a Nigerian of Brazilian heritage who had sailed to Britain on the Good Ship Empire in 1949.

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