Man Booker Prize 2017: Winner and Shortlist

Many congratulations to George Saunders - the winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017.

The winning book, Lincoln in the Bardo 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. Strangely and brilliantly, Saunders activates this graveyard with the spirits of its dead.

Lola, Baroness Young, the chair of this years judging panel said, "The form and style of this utterly original novel, reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative. This tale of the haunting and haunted souls in the afterlife of Abraham Lincoln’s young son paradoxically creates a vivid and lively evocation of the characters that populate this other world. Lincoln in the Bardo is both rooted in, and plays with history, and explores the meaning and experience of empathy."

Listen to an interview with George Saunders on RNIB Connect Radio

All of the books this year are available from RNIB Library in a range of accessible formats, including braille, giant print, and talking books.

Visit the Man Booker Prize website for more information.