Riverhead author Marlon James took home the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his “absorbing and compelling novel“ (Reuters
) A Brief History of Seven Killings
On Tuesday, James was presented with the trophy and a £50,000 prize by Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, in a ceremony at Guildhall in London. James is the first Jamaican ever to be awarded the Prize and Chair of the Judges Michael Wood calls the novel “an extraordinary book…It was a book we didn’t actually have any difficulty deciding on—it was a unanimous decision.” Set in Kingston, Jamaica, where the author was born, the book is a fictional history of the attempted murder of Bob Marley in 1976. Awarded annually, the Man Booker Prize is open to fiction writers of any nationality writing in English, and published in the U.K.
A Brief History of Seven Killings
has been called “epic in every sense of that word”New York Times
critic Michiko Kakutani, a “tour de force” by the Wall Street Journal
, and “thrilling and ambitious” by the Los Angeles Times
Congratulations to Marlon James and his Riverhead colleagues as well as everyone involved with this award-winning book.