Bob Marley, The Hague. 1976
By ROZALIND DINEEN
Marlon James has won the Man Booker Prize with A Brief History of Seven Killings.
"It’s a sign of Marlon James’s unusual brilliance", said the TLS reviewer Paul Genders, "that a book so much about death is also teeming with life."
This novel, Genders said, provides a corrective to many fixed ideas about both criminal life and James’s homeland, Jamaica. The story ranges across two decades of Jamaica’s history and is told through several first-person accounts. The crime that sets off the seven killings of the title is an attack on "The Singer", a character based on Bob Marley.
Michael Wood, chair of the judges, said that the panel had come to a unanimous decision in less than two hours.
Our review of A Brief History of Seven Killings is available here.
And a review of Sunjeev Sahota's The Year of the Runaways is forthcoming.