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Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings Wins the 2015 Man Booker Prize!

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A Brief History of Seven Killings  was announced to be the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize. Marlon James gets to take home £50,000 in addition to the prestige of winning the award.
This year’s judges (Michael Wood (chair), Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne) reviewed 156 books under consideration.

The Shortlist was made up of the following books:

  • Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings
  • Tom McCarthy (UK), Satin Island
  • Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), The Fishermen
  • Sunjeev Sahota (UK), The Year of the Runaways
  • Anne Tyler (US), A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Hanya Yanagihara (US), A Little Life

Marlon James is the first Jamaican-born author to be shortlisted for the prize, let alone to win the prize. A Brief History of Seven Killings explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s. It is an examination of Jamaica’s troubled and violent history that spans decades and touches upon a variety of characters including drug dealers, journalist, and many others. It was a recipient of the 2015 American Book Award and was named best book of the year by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Time magazine.

Book Worm liked this book and you can read her review of his book here. We both predicted that he would win the prize. My copy is on its way and I plan to read it as soon as it arrives.

You can purchase your copy here: A Brief History of Seven Killings

Have you read the book? What did you think? Was it worthy of winning the prize? Do you plan to read it?

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. You were right !!!!

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    October 13, 2015
    • it happens occasionally 🙂 I did terribly with the shortlist predictions so this makes up for it.

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      October 13, 2015
  2. Reblogged this on authorkdrose.

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    October 13, 2015
    • Thanks! Have you read the book?

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      October 13, 2015
      • No, it will be one more I need to get and then goes on the pile! I have so many waiting to be read! But I will!

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        October 13, 2015
      • I know me too (too many waiting to read). Most other reading went on hold for a few months with our Booker long list reading.

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        October 13, 2015
      • Ah. I got sidetracked like I sometimes do when Freeman’s Arrival debuted so reading that now. (He used to be editor at Granta Lit Mag and still is something at Lit Hub).

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        October 13, 2015
  3. Woot, woot! I just started A Little Life and am having trouble keeping the four main characters straight, which is strange as it is nowhere near as complex as A Brief History but I am happy for Marlon James and look forward to reading his The Book of Night Women.

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    October 13, 2015
    • I felt that way at the beginning too but they quickly get sorted out. I am looking forward to reading Marlon’s book!

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      October 14, 2015
  4. So impressed with you both for getting it right!! And yes, I will read it!

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    October 14, 2015

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