Jamaican author Marlon James has won the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. With this, he became first Jamaican to win Man Booker Prize.
His 680-page epic novel is inspired by the attempted assassination on Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley in the 1970s. It has been published by Oneworld Publications.
Judges had shortlished James’s from a list of 8 writers including him along with India’s Sunjeev Sahota, Hanya Yanagihara, Tom McCarthy, Anne Tyler, Chigozie Obioma and Marlon James.
About Man Booker prize
- Established: It was launched in 1969 and presented by the Man Group,
- It aims at promoting the finest literary work in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.
- Award Carries: cash prize of 50,000 pounds.
- The authors are shortlisted by judges from a wide range of disciplines and all with a passion for quality fiction.