Man Booker Prize 2016: The winner

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.

 

Listen to Robert Kirkwood interview Paul Beatty on RNIB's Connect Radio (MP3, 8.30MB - media player opens in a new window)

 

The Man Booker Prize winner and shortlist are available from RNIB