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James wins 2015 Man Booker Prize

Jamaican novelist Marlon James has won the £50,000 (A$105,550) Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings (Bloomsbury). Set across three decades, the 686-page novel ‘uses the true story of the attempt on the life of reggae star Bob Marley to explore the turbulent world of Jamaican gangs and politics’. In a statement, chair of judges Michael Wood said the book ‘is startling in its range of voices and registers, running from the patois of the street posse to the Book of Revelation’. ‘It is a crime novel that moves beyond the world of crime and takes us deep into a recent history we know far too little about. It moves at a terrific pace and will come to be seen as a classic of our times,’ he said. James is the first Jamaican author to win the prize, and it was the first win for independent UK publisher Oneworld Publications. James’ novel was chosen from a shortlist of six. This is the second year that the Man Booker Prize has been open to writers of any nationality, having previously been limited to authors from the UK and Commonwealth nations, the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe. In Australia, stock of A Brief History of Seven Killings will be available from 16 October.

 

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