Royal Mail is to issue a special postmark to celebrate Richard Flanagan’s 2014 Man Booker Prize win.
Royal Mail will use a postmark that reads “Congratulations to Richard Flanagan, winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize” on all post being delivered from tomorrow (Thursday 16th October) until Saturday (18th October).
Royal Mail’s director of Media Relations, Mish Tullar, told The Bookseller the decision was part of Royal Mail’s plan this year to extend the use of postmarks to “reflect broader aspects of life in the UK” than they have done previously. Jonathan Taylor, chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, said: “We are delighted that the foremost prize for literary fiction in English has received this splendid stamp of approval from the Royal Mail.”
Flanagan was awarded the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Chatto & Windus) last night at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall.
The novel is a love story unfolding over half a century between a doctor and his uncle’s wife against the backdrop of the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway during the Second World War. Flanagan’s father, who died the day he finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North, was a survivor of the Burma Death Railway.