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For the very first time, the winners of the top British Book Awards went to Black authors. In this short article on TheGuardian.com, Writers Relief learned that Candice Carty-Williams and Bernardine Evaristo won the book of the year and author of the year categories. The judges stated that Carty-Williamss bestseller, Queenie, was “a book that can altering market understandings of what stories can be commercially and seriously successful.” And author of the year winner Evaristo also won the fiction category, beating her fellow Booker winner Margaret Atwood.
Find out more about the authors and their reactions to winning here