Man Booker Prize 2014

As another hotly contested Man Booker Prize is launched, RNIB is delighted to announce that once again all the shortlisted novels will be produced in braille, giant print and Talking Books before the announcement of this year’s winner.Once again all the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novels will be produced in accessible formats in time for the announcement of the winner.

Thanks to the incredible support of The Booker Prize Foundation, both by including accessibility in the Prize rules and by sponsoring the production of titles, RNIB has produced braille, giant print and Talking Books of the shortlisted titles for a number of years.

This year is no exception and we look forward to ensuring that six of the best contemporary novels are available to a blind and partially sighted audience. We would like to thank The Booker Prize Foundation for their fantastic commitment to blind and partially sighted people's right to read.

The Man Booker Prize shortlist 2014 is announced!

Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Howard Jacobson, J
Neel Mukherjee, The Lives of Others
Ali Smith, How to be Both

The Man Booker Prize longlist 2014

Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World
Howard Jacobson, J 
Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake
David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
Neel Mukherjee, The Lives of Others
David Nicholls, Us
Joseph O'Neill, The Dog
Richard Powers, Orfeo
Ali Smith, How to be Both
Niall Williams, History of the Rain

This year is the first time that authors writing in English from outside the UK and Commonwealth will be considered. We’re pleased to say that this year all 13 titles are already available as ebooks with text to speech enabled, and 4 titles are already available as commercial unabridged audio.

Support from last year’s shortlisted authors

"I sometimes think about this because reading for me is the most important thing if my life, other than the people in my life. Books have always been the centre of my life, the meaning of my life and I do sometimes think what if I was not able to read so easily, what would I do? I think about that because in a way I think at the end of the day it is the one thing which keeps me grounded as a human being, which keeps me going as a human being and imagine so many people feel that way. It is so important that people who have that passion for reading, who have that need to read, should be able to read."
Jhumpa Lahiri, author of ‘The Lowland’

"I write stories for people – regardless of their circumstances. It’s an honour to know that everybody has access to the book." 
NoViolet Bulawayo, author of ‘We Need New Names’

Interviews with 2013's shortlisters

Previous Man Booker Prize shortlisted author's have kindly made time to visit RNIB's Insight Radio Station for an interview on their thoughts and opinions on accessibile reading and being nominated for the Man Booker Prize! Visit Insight Radio's website to listen to 2013's shortlisted author interviews.

Man Booker Prize 2014 annoucements 

Now that the shortlist has been announced, publishers will be working to get their book's in accessible formats in time for the Prize winner announcement on 14 October. Accessible versions of the books will be available in October 2014 from our online shop and the National Library Service.

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