Title: Girl, Woman, Other
Authors: Evaristo, Bernardine
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 452
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Spanning a century and starting and finishing with Amma, a feminist playwright, this unique story seamlessly brings together the loosely linked lives of twelve black women in Britain. Their experiences are many and varied; from school teacher to banker, from social influencer to farmer and to cleaner, their challenges and triumphs are universal and personal.

Offering new perspectives on gender, race and privilege, this engrossing and entertaining story perfectly matches a convention defying style with its vibrant and original characters.

Categories: Fiction, Award Winner, Community, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Gender Issues, Human Rights, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, England, UK, 2022 Titles


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By: WANAK 009 2022-04-22 13:57:39
Provoked interesting discussion about the style and themes of the novel. Great read, great ideas/characters and themes.

By: DUNED 002 2022-04-22 13:56:32
Everyone loved this book - so many wonderful stories and characters, and so much to discuss.

By: HOKITIK 004 2022-04-11 14:07:01
A really mixed reaction to this, our first BDS book. More challenging to some than others with regard to punctuation - most found it easier and more enjoyable the further through they read. Some found the interconnections between characters quite complex, but visual character webs helped. Loads of discussion and different insights and points-of-view shared. All were impressed with the author's research and skill in regarding historical and current issues.

By: WHANG 015 2022-02-28 17:06:39
All our members enjoyed this book once they got used to her style of writing.

By: MOTUE 006 2021-12-01 12:25:04
We found the style refreshing without the punctuation and usual dialogue. We also enjoyed the range of characters and how they were all interconnected, though it became quite formulaic. Some parts were really funny and it was interesting to hear the stories from history. It was very insightful regarding being a coloured person and non heterosexual. Some of our group had previously read it - 1 got more out of it, and 1 enjoyed it less. Not everyone felt it was deserving of the Booker Prize, but the majority did. On the whole, it was well received. Great read.

By: GORE 007 2021-10-27 12:21:05
A mixed reaction to this book, with some enjoying it and others not so much!

By: NELS 042 2021-09-06 09:51:54
Interesting book. Lots of far-reaching discussion, especially around gender issues. Enjoyable.

By: QUEEN 001 2021-08-27 12:55:53
Wonderful book - so well written. Hilarious at times and thought-provoking. Loved the style of writing and the links between the different chapters.

By: GISB 005 2021-08-25 14:03:56
We had anticipated a difficult read but it was not too challenging at all - the writing was beautiful for the most part. It was complex for sure but all agreed the effort was well worthwhile.

By: NELS 042 2021-08-18 12:46:57
Chimed most with women who grew up in England and remembered certain places and behaviours. Led to discussion on gender reassignment and whether there is more pressure now on youg people to 'make up their mind' perhaps too early (pre puberty). Lots of interest in the choices made by Megan/Morgan. Some enjoyed the 'poetic' feel of the unpunctuated writing. One was annoyed by lack of punctuation. A high level of engagement with this book and the author and the different coping mechanisms of the women depicted.

By: NELS 014 2021-08-06 13:11:09
Good book, interesting style - will look for other books by this author.

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