Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize

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Marlon James, the Jamaican novelist, has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” his fictional retelling of the 1976 attempted murder of Bob Marley.

James, 44, is the first Jamaican author to win the prize in the British award’s 47 years. It’s also the first for his publisher, Oneworld Publications. He was presented the prize by the Duchess of Cornwall.

current affairs‘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,” said Michael Woods, chairman of the judging committee.

James’ other works includes two novels, “John Crow’s Devil” (2005) and “The Book of Night Women” (2009).

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Last year, the prize was opened to any novel published in Britain and written in English. In previous years, winners had to come from Britain, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Commonwealth nations.

The Man Booker International Prize was established in 2005, biannually rewarding an author for a body of work originally written in any language as long as it was widely available in English. Underlining the importance of translation, the £50,000 prize is divided equally between the author and the translator.

AWARDS RECEIVED BY JAMES

2009 – National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for The Book of Night Women
2010 – Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Fiction) for The Book of Night Women
2010 – Minnesota Book Award (Novel & Short Story) for The Book of Night Women
2013 – Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica
2014 – National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for A Brief History of Seven Killings
2015 – Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction for A Brief History of Seven Killings
2015 – OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (Fiction category winner), for A Brief History of Seven Killings
2015 – Man Booker Prize for Fiction for A Brief History of Seven Killings

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PAST WINNERS OF MAN BOOKER PRIZE

2000 Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin Historical novel Canada
2001 Peter Carey True History of the Kelly Gang Historical novel Australia
2002 Yann Martel Life of Pi Fantasy and adventure novel Canada
2003 DBC Pierre Vernon God Little Black comedy Australia
2004 Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty Historical novel United Kingdom
2005 John Banville The Sea Novel Ireland
2006 Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss Novel India
2007 Anne Enright The Gathering Novel Ireland
2008 Aravind Adiga The White Tiger Novel India
2009 Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall Historical novel United Kingdom
2010 Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question Comic novel United Kingdom
2011 Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending Novel United Kingdom
2012 Hilary Mantel Bring Up the Bodies Historical novel United Kingdom
2013 Eleanor Catton The Luminaries Historical novel New Zealand
2014 Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North Historical novel Australia
2015 Marlon James A Brief History of Seven Killings Historical/experimental novel Jamaica

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