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.
People with sight loss have fewer books to choose from because not all titles are automatically produced in audio, large print and braille formats. This means that when a book is not available people often have to wait much longer than their sighted friends, family members and peers to get hold of the latest releases. And not every book will be produced in all formats, so there are titles that many people will never have the chance to read.
RNIB works with the Booker Prize Foundation to make sure the shortlisted titles in the Man Booker Prize are produced in all formats so blind and partially sighted people can enjoy them too.
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.
The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity responsible for the award of the Man Booker Prize and for the Man Booker International Prize.
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 2017 Chair of judges, Lola Baroness Young, said: ‘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.’
RNIB has a longstanding relationship with the Booker Prize Foundation to ensure some of the year’s best novels are made available to blind and partially sighted people.
The Booker Prize Foundation funds the production of the shortlisted titles in braille, giant print and audio (Talking Books), which are produced by the date the winner is announced and as close to the shortlist announcement as possible. The accessible versions are then made available to over 50,000 blind and partially sighted members of RNIB Library.