Jamaican writer Marlon James on 13 October 2015 won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. With this, James became the first Jamaican author to win the prize in its 47-years of history.
James was honoured with the prize money of 50000 Euros, a trophy and a designer bound edition of his book. He was also awarded with additional 2500 Euros for being shortlisted for the prize.
James’s name was shortlisted from a list of writers including Sunjeev Sahota, Chigozie Obioma, Hanya Yanagihara, Anne Tyler, Tom McCarthy and Marlon James.
A Brief History of Seven Killings: Marlon James
Published by Oneworld Publications, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a 686-page epic with over 75 characters and voices. Set in Kingston, birthplace of James, the book is a fictional history of the attempted murder of Bob Marley (The Singer) in 1976.
A Brief History of Seven Killings retells the mythic assassination attempt through the myriad voices from witnesses, FBI and CIA agents to killers, ghosts, beauty queens and Keith Richards’ drug dealer to create a rich, polyphonic study of violence, politics and the musical legacy of Kingston of the 1970s.
About Man Booker Prize
• First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is recognised as the leading award for high quality literary fiction written in English.
• The award promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.
• Its list of winners features many of the giants of the last four decades: from Salman Rushdie to Margaret Atwood, Iris Murdoch to JM Coetzee.
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When: 13 October 2015