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Tell me a story…

Just before Christmas I participated in a telephone book club link up organised by the Royal National Institute for the Blind. A group of people with varying degrees of sight loss get together once a month to talk about books they have listened to.

A very nice bunch of people, lively and opinionated (like most book lovers) who very quickly got me looking at the world from their point of view. As one lady said to me ‘just because we’re

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blind why should we have to wait to access recordings of new and noteworthy books. We want to be able to discuss them as soon as they come out, just like sighted people.’ And of course, good quality recordings of books are not routinely available and the cost of audio recording is quite significant, but there is an audience…and for some people they are the lifeline to books – when was the last time you listened to an audio book?

I thought for a while about writing up something where, by and large, the participants couldn’t easily access what I’ve written. However, this is a valuable resource for book lovers and it’s worth while publicising its good works. If you think you know someone who’d be interested in this service here are the details.

Oh, and don’t take your good sight for granted…

2011 Shortlist for Audible Audio Book of The Year.

My Dear I Have Something to Tell You won, but I’d recommend all of them and put in a nod for Wolf Hall, completely brilliant on audio.


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