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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jamaican novelist Marlon James won Man Booker Prize 2015

* Jamaican author Marlon James on 14 October 2015 won the Man Booker Prize for "A Brief History of Seven Killings", a re-telling of the attempted assassination of musician Bob Marley.

* James, 44, is the first Jamaican to win the award in its 47-year history.

* One of the world's most prestigious literary awards, Man Booker Prize carries a £50,000 (67,000 euro, $77,000) prize and winners enjoy a boost in sales and a global readership. 
Man Booker prize 2015 winner

* "A Brief History of Seven Killings" was chosen unanimously by the judges after less than two hours of deliberation.

* It beat bookmaker's favourite, US author Hanya Yanagihara's "A Little Life", a disturbing tale of male friendship with graphic details of child sex abuse, which had been the 6/4 favourite to win.

* Also shortlisted were Briton Sunjeev Sahota's "The Year of the Runaways", "The Fishermen" by Nigeria's Chigozie Obioma, American author Anne Tyler's "A Spool of Blue Thread" and British writer Tom McCarthy's "Satin Island".

* The Man Booker Prize was previously open only to fiction written in English by authors from Britain, Ireland, the Commonwealth and Zimbabwe but this is the second year it has been open to all nationalities.

* Last year's winner, Australian Richard Flanagan, has sold 800,000 copies of his "The Narrow Road To The Deep North" to date.
Jamaican novelist Marlon James won Man Booker Prize 2015 Reviewed by Currentaffairs4examz on 14.10.15 Rating: 5 * Jamaican author Marlon James on 14 October 2015 won the Man Booker Prize for "A Brief Hist...

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