A brief history of seven killings by Marlon James has won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.  The award was announced last night  in London. Marlon James, who now lives in the USA, is the first Jamaican to ever win the prize.

Marlon James-A Brief History of Seven Killings

2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Winner

The novel, a fictional account of the real-life assassination attempt on Bob Marley, was described by the New York Times as being “like a Tarantino remake of ‘The Harder They Come’ but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.”

A brief history of seven killings beat the other five shortlisted books to win the prize. Overall 156 books were considered by the judges for this year’s prize.

2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Shortlisted books

Hanya Yanagihara-A Little Life

Sunjeev Sahota-The Year Of The Runaways

Marlon James-A Brief History of Seven Killings


A little life / Hanya Yanagihara

The year of the runaways / Sunjeev Sahota

A brief history of seven killings / Marlon James


Tom McCarthy-Satin Island

Chigozie Obioma-The Fisherman

Anne Tyler-A Spool of Blue Thread

Satin island / Tom McCarthy

The fishermen / Chigozie Obioma

A spool of blue thread / Anne Tyler