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Marlon James wins Man Booker Prize

Jamaican author wins £50,000 prize in London on Tuesday

By Samantha Joseph | Published: 15 Oct 2015

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Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings – a fictional look at the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s. This makes James the first Jamaican author to win the award in the Booker’s 47 years of existence.

Most surprised by the win was James himself, who didn’t even prepare an acceptance speech because he was so sure his experimental style – which included free verse and stream-of-consciousness peppered throughout – wouldn’t be well-received.

The book has been described by the judges as being ‘very violent, very exciting’ and ‘full of swearing’, but still garnered a unanimous vote of approval despite all that. We’re going home right now to revisit this 686-page Jamaiacan-accented thrill-ride.

Related: 13 books competing for the 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist


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