Man Booker Prize 2014

As another hotly contested Man Booker Prize is won, RNIB is delighted to announce that once again all the shortlisted novels will be produced in braille, giant print and Talking Books this October.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 as 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.

Man Booker Prize winner is announced!

Richard Flanagan has been announced as this year's Man Booker Prize winner with The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which tells the story of the prisoners of war forced to work on the infamous 'Death Railway' between Thailand and Burma in the Second World War. Flanagan is the third Australian writer to win in the prize's 46 years.

Accessible Man Booker books

Accessible versions of the shortlisted books will be available in October 2014 from our online shop and the National Library ServiceThanks to the support of the Booker Prize Foundation, who helped to fund the production of all the shortlisted books in accessible formats, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is already available to borrow from RNIB Reading Libraries in Braille and Giant print, and from our Listening Libraries as a Talking Book on either DAISY CD or USB stick. It will also be available from RNIB Overdrive by the end of the year. 

The other five shortlisted titles are all available across all three formats, except for Ali Smith's How to be Both, which can be borrowed in Braille and Giant Print, with the Talking Book following in the next couple of weeks.

The Man Booker Prize shortlist 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
Howard Jacobson, J
Neel Mukherjee, The Lives of Others
Ali Smith, How to be Both

Visit the Man Booker Prize website for the full longlist 2014.

Listen to Insight Radio's podcasts with the shortlisters 

We were lucky enough to get all the authors down to our Insight Radio studio or on the phone from Austrailia to record a podcast with presenter Robert Kirkwood, on the subjects of their novels and the accessibility of reading. You can listen to each one below: 

Richard Flanagan podcast (MP3)
Joshua Ferris podcast (MP3)
Karen Joy Fowler podcast (MP3)
Howard Jacobson (MP3)
Neel Mukherjee (MP3)
Ali Smith (MP3)

This year is the first time that authors writing in English from outside the UK and Commonwealth will be considered. 

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