The good news keeps on rolling at Barrington Stoke. This August, we are not only launching a fresh new imprint — The Bucket List — but we’re also publishing the first-ever dyslexia-friendly edition of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men!
In line with our mission to break down barriers to reading, we are proud to publish this wonderful classic in a format accessible for all readers. Featuring our specialised font, spacing, tinting and other dyslexia-friendly features, we hope to open John Steinbeck’s masterpiece to a whole new range of readers, not just to encourage an appreciation of masterful works but also to unlock a love of reading.
Press Release: 6th April 2016
Barrington Stoke is delighted to announce the acquisition of the first-ever dyslexia-friendly edition of a classic novel: John’s Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
Of Mice and Men, the powerful story of tragedy and beauty by John Steinbeck, critically acclaimed across the world and studied in UK schools at GCSE level, will now be available in an accessible format for all readers.
World rights in this new dyslexia-friendly format were acquired by Mairi Kidd, MD of Barrington Stoke, with Penguin Random House and the Steinbeck Estate and agents.
Barrington Stoke’s new edition, with a beautiful cover designed by David Wardle, will publish on 15th August 2016 in paperback (9781781125939).
Mairi Kidd, MD of Barrington Stoke, says of the new acquisition: “We are delighted to work with Penguin Random House and the Steinbeck Estate and their agents in arranging to license this important text for publication in a format that will bring it within the reach of many more readers.”
About Of Mice and Men: Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work across the challenging milieu of the American Great Depression. They have nothing but the clothes on their back, and a dream owning their own place and living the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a Californian ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even the wily George may not be able to save him.
About John Steinbeck: John Steinbeck was born in 1902 in California. He dropped out of college and worked as a manual labourer before achieving success as a writer. His 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath, won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Steinbeck served as a war correspondent during World War II, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. He died in New York City in 1968.
About Barrington Stoke: Award-winning publishers Barrington Stoke has almost 20 years’ experience of publishing super readable books accessible to young people with dyslexia or reading reluctance.