Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize 2015; Becomes First Jamaican Author To Do So

By Sumeet Kaur | 1 year ago
Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize 2015; Becomes First Jamaican Author To Do So

Marlon James’ book, “A Brief History Of Seven Killings” wins the Man Booker Prize 2015. It is Marlon James’ third novel and a work of fiction. The story revolves around superstar, Bob Marley’s attempted murder and stands out in terms of both subject and form.

According to The Guardian, the 44-year-old writer, James teaches creative writing in Minnesota. Published by Oneworld, his book, “A Brief History Of Seven Killings” takes the readers to the Caribbean island and gives an account of the investigations of an attempted assassination. He said that it was one of the riskiest book written by him. He would have been delighted even if two readers would have loved the book. In an interview, James has also revealed that his writing was highly influenced by Charles Dickens.


According to Michael Wood, the chair of judges, the book has shocking scenes of violence and sexual abuse. According to Wood such reads always do good to readers. The judges gave their verdict in a couple of hours and selected James’ book. There was high consensus, so no formal voting was done.

After winning Man Booker Prize 2015, Marlon James has become the first author from Jamaica who has won this honor in 47 years of history. Before winning the prize, the book had its popularity too. New York Times had stated, the book is “like a Tarantino remake of the The Harder They Come,” and has the soundtrack by Bob Marley and script by William Faulkner and Oliver Stone. New York Times also voiced that the book was “sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.”

The award was presented to James by the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. The author on receiving the award, said that this award he wished to dedicate to his late father. The writer also said that he was very hopeful that now that he has won this award, more attention would get diverted towards Caribbean writings.

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