Marlon James wins Man Booker Prize 2015
Oct.14, Kingston: Jamaican author Marlon James wins Man Booker Prize award. James is the first Jamaican author to receive the prestigious award for his novel ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ which was inspired by attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1970s.
The 680-page epic was "full of surprises" as well as being "very violent" and "full of swearing" said Michael Wood, chair of the judges.
James was announced the £50,000 winner on Tuesday night at London's Guildhall.
The 44-year-old author was presented with his prize by the Duchess of Cornwall. He admitted it was "so surreal" to win and dedicated the award to his late father who had shaped his "literary sensibilities".
Set across three decades, the novel uses the true story of the attempt on the life of reggae star Marley to explore the turbulent world of Jamaican gangs and politics.
The Oslo Times