Error message

Could not retrieve the oEmbed resource.

Every author shortlisted for the Booker Prize receives a bespoke bound copy of their book. Find out more here about this year’s books, and the bookbinding process.

Publication date and time: Published

For more than 30 years now, members of the Designer Bookbinders society have created a bespoke edition of every title on the Booker shortlist. These one-of-a-kind editions are given to the authors of the novels to keep.

This year’s makers from Designer Bookbinders are Tom McEwan for A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam); Kate Holland for The Promise by Damon Galgut; Mark Cockram for No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood; Stephen Conway for The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed; Glenn Bartley for Bewilderment by Richard Powers; and Sue Doggett for Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead.

As well as the book, the binders also create a protective container for the novel. The group have just six weeks to create their edition, between the shortlist announcement and the winner ceremony; the process would usually take three to four months.

Each book takes around 150 hours of work to create; there are at 25 stages to hand binding a book, including the decoration of the edges of the pages and the final lettering.

A specially bound copy of Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other.