Man Booker Prize Winner 2015

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  • See who won this years Man Booker Prize and find out about which novels made the shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize Award.

    And the winner goes to… Marlon James for his novel A Brief History Of Seven Killings.

    The 44-year-old author was announced the winner last night in London and was presented his prize by the Duchess of Cornwall. This is the first time a Jamaican author has won the Man Booker Prize. Marlon said it was “so surreal” to win while dedicating his award to his late father who had shaped his “literary sensibilities”. Living now in America James revealed his first novel John Crow’s Devil was rejected over 70 times saying he was ready to give up before it was published in 2005.

    Chair of the judges, Michael Wood, described the novel as the “most exciting” book on the shortlist. With it being “full of surprises”, “very violent” and “full of swearing”, the 680-page novel was inspired by reggage music according to the author. It only took 2 hours until the judges came to a unanimous decision.

    Being set across three decades, the 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. Jamaica, December 1976, just weeks before the general election. Marley is gearing himself up to ease political tension with a free concert. Days before, seven men storm his house with machine guns. He survives and plays, but leaves the country the next day and doesn’t return for 2 years. This imagined oral biography is based on ‘interviews’ from everyone involved in one of the most talked about events in Jamaican history.

    Wood added “One of the pleasures of reading it is that you turn the page and you’re not quite sure who the next narrator will be… Someone said to me they like to give Booker winners to their mother to read, but this might be a little difficult.”

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