Man Booker Prize 2015

RNIB are proud to work with the Man Booker Prize 2015RNIB are very proud to work with the Booker Prize Foundation to bring some of the very best latest novels to blind and partially sighted people, by transcribing all six of the shortlisted Man Booker Prize novels into Braille, Giant Print and Talking Books.

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 2015

We are delighted that the winner of the Man Booker Prize 2015 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' by Marlon James and the other five shortlisted titles are available in braille, giant print and as Talking Books from RNIB Library for members to enjoy. We are also delighted that three of the six shortlisted titles are also available through RNIB Overdrive and that the remaining three are available to download commercially.

We send our thanks to the publishers for their support and congratulations to the winner and all the shortlisted authors.

Read our series of Man Booker Prize blogs to learn a little more about the production of shortlisted novels in accessible formats.

This year’s shortlist

  • Marlon James,  A Brief History of Seven Killings
  • Tom McCarthy, Satin Island
  • Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen
  • Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways
  • Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

Marlon James was announced as the winner of the Man Booker Prize on 13 October 2015, by which time all six of the shortlisted novels were available for blind and partially sighted readers from RNIB Library.

A Little Life, A Spool of Thread and The Fishermen will be available on RNIB Overdrive shortly.

Interviews with the authors

Last year we were lucky enough to get all the authors down to our Insight Radio studio or on the phone from Australia 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: 

We look forward to sharing the interviews with this year's authors, including the Prize winner Marlon James, online and via our radio station, Insight Radio.

All books should be available for anyone who wants to read them. In the attempt to bring it to a greater audience, it's a necessary thing to produce my book in Giant Print, Braille and as a Talking Book. I have no trouble with my sight. But if I were to have trouble with it I would be in a panic that I wouldn't be able to read the books that are meaningful to me. So I think it's a great thing [to ensure that books are available in these formats.

Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, shortlisted for the Man Booker prize 2014 


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