The decision to rebel and award the prize to two writers this year was not taken lightly.
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They were again told it was unacceptable. Wood dodged the question when asked if she supported the final result.
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Evaristo, an experimental writer who is well established in Britain but not widely known internationally, is a more surprising choice.
In her eight works of fiction, Evaristo, who was born in London in to a white English mother and a Nigerian father, often explores the lives of members of Ladies seeking sex Rochford South Dakota African diaspora. Compared to years, in which Americans were heavily represented, writers from the United States were scarce this year.
The sole American on the shortlist is Ellmann, a native of Illinois who now lives in Scotland.
Atwood now s Mantel, Coetzee and Peter Carey in the small club of authors to have won twice. And listen to us on the Book Review podcast.