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  • Published: 2 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241985007
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Girl, Woman, Other


Teeming with energy, humour and heart, a love song to black Britain told by twelve very different women

Teeming with life and crackling with energy, told through many distinctive voices, this novel follows the lives of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and sparklingly contemporary, Girl, Woman, Other is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

  • Published: 2 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241985007
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of Lara, winner of the Emma Best Book Award in 1999, The Emperor's Babe and Soul Tourists. She is a former Poet in Residence at the Museum of London, and her work has been widely anthologized. She won a prestigious Arts Council Writers Award in 2000.

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Praise for Girl, Woman, Other

Weaves through time and space with crackling originality


Exuberant, bursting at the seams in delightful ways... Evaristo continues to expand and enhance our literary canon. If you want to understand modern day Britain, this is the writer to read

New Statesman

An exceptional book that unites poetry, social history, women's voices and beyond. Order it right now


Evaristo's prose hums with life as characters seem to step off the page fully formed. At turns funny and sad, tender and true, this book deserves to win awards


Brims with vitality


With this rich composition, Evaristo deserves a toast

Literary Review

Masterful... A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain


'Girl, Woman, Other is about struggle, but it is also about love, joy and imagination.


Beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain. The characters are so vivid, the writing is beautiful and it brims with humanity.

Nicola Sturgeon via Twitter

Threads together the diverse life stories of 12 black British women in ways that deliberately resist categorisation


Such a satisfying read, funny and true, the characters are so real you feel you know them already

Miranda Sawyer via Twitter

A warm, humorous and ambitious novel, and one that is enjoyably playful in style. It is both a product of its time and unlike any book ever written about Britain


My favorite book of 2019 . . . the most absorbing book I read all year. This novel is a master class in storytelling. It is absolutely unforgettable. When I turned the final page, I felt the ache of having to leave the world Evaristo created but I also felt the excitement of getting to read the book all over again. It should have won the Booker alone. It deserves all the awards and then some.

Roxanne Gay

Give [Evaristo] more prizes! All the prizes! It has the pace of a whistle stop tour and yet it seems no detail of the myriad of lives we encounter is missed.

Graham Norton via Twitter

If you haven't discovered [Evaristo] yet, I urge you to read all and any of her books. Devoured one a day already and ordered more. Hilarious, compassionate, moving and brutally honest.

Richard E Grant via Twitter

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