The first full-length audio book ever made has been rediscovered in Canada.

23 November 2016

The audio book, which is Joseph Conrad’s novella Typhoon, has a very special connection to our charity. The book was read by Anthony McDonald who married our Chairman of 53 years Lord Fraser’s daughter Jean.

A blind veteran listening to a talking book in 1935

It was Lord Fraser who first considered a talking book whilst listening to a gramophone. He began experimenting with a Dictaphone, recording poetry and speeches at a makeshift studio within our then headquarters.

In 1948, audio books became suitable for the commercial market and are still popular with our blind veterans today.

Find out more about our audio books:

With thanks to Matthew Rubery for his help in providing information about this object . For more about the history of talking books see Matthew's book: