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The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer Bernardine Evaristo. 

Bernardine Evaristo's 2019 Booker win - the first by a Black woman - was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for her. After three decades as a trailblazing writer, teacher and activist, she moved from the margins to centre stage, taking her place in the spotlight at last. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history.

Manifesto is Bernardine Evaristo's intimate and inspirational no-holds-barred account of how she did it, refusing to let any barriers stand in her way. She charts her creative rebellion against the mainstream and her life-long commitment to the imaginative exploration of 'untold' stories. And drawing deeply on her own experiences, she offers a vital contribution to current conversations around social issues such as race, class, feminism, sexuality and ageing.

This is a unique book about staying true to yourself and to your vision. It's about how to be unstoppable - in your craft, your work, your life. It is Bernardine Evaristo's manifesto for never giving up.

©2021 Bernardine Evaristo (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere." (Elif Shafak)

"Bernardine Evaristo is one of Britain's best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtlety and humanity. Exceptional." (Nikesh Shukla)

"Bernardine Evaristo is the most daring, imaginative and innovative of writers." (Inua Ellams)

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Couldn't stop listening!

This is the kind of autobiographucal work that really benefits from being read by the author. Bernardine has a clear and poised voice that expresses much of the personal qualities she emphasises throughout: it's positive, determined and strong. She won the Booker Prize at the age of 60 - to have kept your creative vision alive for so long takes more than chutzpah and she has much to say to anyone who let's life get to them.

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Inspirational

I didn't know what to expect from this book as i'd never heard of Bernardine Evaristo and was unusually drawn to purchasing this audiobook via an (accurate algorithm) online ad.

I'll address this review to Bernardine 😁

This manifesto has blessed my life. Thank you. You gave a detailed insight of your experiences growing up and I felt the evolution and discovery along the way. You were unselfish in your advice and I am full of admiration of the doors you have opened and paths you have created with your will and determination. I was at a crossroads stuck when I encountered this audiobook, and listening to it felt like a was sitting at your feet as you littered me with the wisdom of your experiences. Thank you for sharing your life, I have a better sense of direction now ❤️

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Salvation

As a 62 year old,black male to hear a , a no Retreat no Surrender Mentality ,is refreshing.

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Speaks to me on every level.

Being a first generation migrant parent from west Africa this book although not a parenting book is helping me in my parenting journey to understanding the British culture from this perspective. Also an anecdote to my personal life itself. So thank You so much Bernardine

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Amazing

I loved this book. Absolutely amazing and Bernardine reading it just makes it even better!

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Very insightful

Very entertaining, honest and fair. Even better that Bernardine read it herself. Really enjoyed it.