Many congratulations to Paul Beatty - the first American winner of the Man Booker Prize.
The winning book, The Sellout, is a poignant satire of US racial politics, set in a little town just outside of Los Angeles.
Amanda Foreman, the chair of this year's judging panel, praised the book, saying “The Sellout is one of those very rare books: which is able to take satire, which is a very difficult subject and not always done well, and plunges it into the heart of contemporary American society with a savage wit of the kind I haven’t seen since Swift or Twain."
This year, we produced accessible versions of the shortlisted books quicker than ever before - we had all shortlisted titles available in braille to coincide with the announcement of the shortlist, and all the books available as Talking Books and in giant print before the announcement of the winner, giving all RNIB customers the opportunity to make their own minds about the nominees before the judges picked their favourite.
About the author:
Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. Her short stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Moshfegh lives in Los Angeles, California. Her short story collection, Homesick for Another World, is forthcoming from Jonathan Cape next year.
This book is available in our library as a talking book (TB23455), braille and giant print.