Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo share Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have been named the joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize after the judges broke their rules by declaring a tie.

Atwood's 'The Testaments', the Canadian writer's follow-up to 'The Handmaid's Tale', was recognised alongside Londoner Evaristo's novel 'Girl, Woman, Other'.

The pair will split the literary award's £50,000 prize money equally.

The Booker rules say the prize must not be divided, but the judges insisted they "couldn't separate" the two works.

Atwood, 79, is the oldest ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman to win.

(Agencies)