The Booker Prize winner’s deal includes Bernadine Evaristo’s first non-fiction book and memoir Manifesto which will be released in October.
Manifesto is a memoir detailing her personal and literary journey over 40 years, it will trace Evaristo’s experiences, touching on issues of race, class, and gender, and her path towards success. The memoir is part of a recent three-book deal between the author, who became the first black woman to win the Booker Prize in 2019, and Hamish Hamilton. As part of the deal, Evaristo is also signed for a new novel and debut short story collection.
Speaking to The Guardian Evaristo stated, “It’s been in the works for quite a while… I wanted to write a non-fiction book that looks at how my life and my background and my politics has shaped my creativity and brought me to this place in my career. It’s a great place to be, but it’s been a very long journey, over 40 years. This felt like the right time, having reached this position as a writer, to reflect back on how I got here.”
She added: “I want it to be for the general reader – including people in the arts, but for anyone who’s interested in looking at how we create the lives we want for ourselves, which might mean breaking with convention and tradition …”
Evaristo’s eighth novel, 2019’s Girl, Woman, Other, earned her multiple accolades and praise from figures such as former US president Barack Obama and writer Roxane Gay.
The launch of Manifesto will be marked by a live event at London’s Southbank Centre in October, which will include a discussion with Evaristo about the new book. Tickets for the event will go on sale in early July.