Booker Prize 2019

Published on October 16, 2019
Current context: Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood have jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize.
Booker Prize 2019
  • Both the winners were at the tie and the award was jointly shared by the two.
  • As per the existing rules of the Booker’s Prize, the prize must not be divided between the winners i.e. there must be a single winner of the Prize.
  • The rule was made during the last tie in 1992.
  • But the judges said, they could not separate Atwood's - 'The Testament' and 'Girl, Woman, other' by Evaristo, who is the first black woman to win the prestigious award since its inception. 
  • After deliberations, the chairman of the five-member judging panel, Peter Florence, said to flout the rules.
  • British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie’s book 'Quichotte' was among the six books shortlisted for the prize.
  • Rushdie was shortlisted for the 5th time for the award including the 1981 win where he bagged the award for "Midnight's Children".

Question: 

Q.1 The 2019 Booker Prize is won by?
a. Bernardine Evaristo
b. Margaret Atwood
c. Salman Rushdie
d. Both a and b
e. Both a and c

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