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First black woman to win Booker prize Bernadine Evaristo reveals she struggled with racial identity as a child and would cross the road to avoid being seen with her ‘very dark-skinned’ father

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First black woman to win Booker prize Bernadine Evaristo reveals she struggled with racial identity as a child and would cross the road to avoid being seen with her ‘very dark-skinned’ father

  • Bernadine Evaristo has revealed that she struggled with racial identity as a child 
  • She grew up in Woolwich, southeast London during the 60s and 70s 
  • ‘There was nothing around us to tell us that being a person of colour was a good thing ,’ she recalled during an interview on Desert Island Discs 

By SOPHIE TANNO FOR MAILONLINE via https://www.dailymail.co.uk/

The first black woman to win a Booker prize, Bernadine Evaristo, has revealed that she struggled with racial identity as a child. 

Evaristo recalled how growing up in the 60s and 70s she would deliberately cross the road to avoid being seen with her ‘very dark-skinned’ father because she ‘didn’t want to be associated with him’. 

The acclaimed author, 61, grew up in Woolwich, southeast London and was the daughter of a white English teacher and a Nigerian welder. 

Speaking on today’s Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, Evaristo recalled: ‘I remember…

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