RNIB is very proud to work with the Booker Prize Foundation to ensure shortlisted titles in the Man Booker Prize are available in accessible formats for everyone to enjoy.
What is the Man Booker Prize?
The Man Booker Prize established in 1969 as a literary prize awarded annually for the best original novel written in English and published in the UK. In 2005, The Man Booker International Prize was created to award writers bi-annually in recognition of a body of work rather than one title.
Former winners of the Man Booker Prize include many of the literary giants of the last five decades, from Iris Murdoch and Salman Rushdie to Ian McEwan and Hilary Mantel. This year, the Man Booker Prize is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To mark the special event, a one-off Golden Man Booker Prize is being given to a previous winner crowning the overall best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize.
The 2017 winner
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize. The novel focuses on a single night in the life of Abraham Lincoln: an actual moment in 1862 when the body of his 11-year-old son was laid to rest in a Washington cemetery.
"The form and style of this utterly original novel reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative. Lincoln in the Bardo is both rooted in, and plays with history, and explores the meaning and experience of empathy." Lola Baroness Young, Chair of Judges, Man Booker Prize 2017
RNIB has worked with the Booker Prize Foundation for over a decade to ensure that some of the year’s best novels are made available to blind and partially sighted people. Book titles are not always automatically produced in alternative reading formats such as audio, large print or braille, which means people with sight loss often have to wait longer to get hold of the latest and most popular books.
We work with the Booker Prize Foundation to make sure the shortlisted titles in the Man Booker Prize are produced in all formats as close to the shortlist announcement as possible. The Booker Prize Foundation funds the production of the shortlisted titles in braille, giant print and audio (Talking Books), making the titles available to over 50,000 members of RNIB Library.