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Somewhat controversially, this year the Booker Prize was awarded to two authors - the jury judging the shortlist made the decision to split the prize between Margaret Atwood (who has won once before for The Blind Assassin), and first-time winner Bernadine Evaristo.  Critics felt it was taking the shine off Evaristo winning as the first of colour to do so in the history of the Booker Prize and to only win half the prize money. 

 

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