A politically correct balancing act?

What is the point of having a prize that recognises the best of something if you decide to give it to two people?

The Booker Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world, broke its own rules on Monday to give the award to both Margaret Atwood's The Testaments and Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2019, with the headline 'A politically correct balancing act?'. Print Edition | Subscribe