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Jamaican author makes Man Booker long list with Bob Marley novel

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist Revealed – Just One African Novel Makes the Cut.

An epic 700-page re-telling of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley – Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings – and acclaimed US novelist Anne Tyler’s A Spool Of Blue Thread are also on the list.

Three debut novelists have been named on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize and will go head-to-head with former winner Anne Enright, as well as heavyweight authors Marilynne Robinson and Anne Tyler.Laila Lalami – longlisted for The Moor’s Account, the imagined memoirs of a Moroccan slave who was the first black explorer of America – is identified as being a United States national by the Prize, although she was born in Rabat, Morocco. James’s book includes large sections written in Jamaican patois and covers the attempted murder of the reggae superstar in 1976 and the rise of the drug trade on the island.The writer, who currently lives in Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican-born novelist to be nominated. This is the second year the prize has been open to writers of any nationality writing in English and published in the UK having previously been restricted to the UK and Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe.

This comes as big hitting novelists Jonathan Franzen, Kazuo Ishiguro and William Boyd were surprise omissions to the longlist of the award JM Coetzee dubbed the “ultimate prize to win in the English speaking world” – but which was famously dismissed as “posh bingo” by 2011 winner Julian Barnes. Clegg, a literary agent, turned novelist, has made the list for Did You Ever Have a Family, alongside Obiam’s The Fishermen and The Chimes by New Zealander Anna Smaill. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Michael Wood, and also comprising Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. All of them do something exciting with the language they have chosen to use.” Three British writers make the list: Tom McCarthy, Andrew O’Hagan and Sunjeev Sahota, who was named to the Granta Best of Young British Novelists in 2013.

The longlist could have been twice as long, but we’re more than happy with our final choice. ‘The range of different performances and forms of these novels is amazing. Due to a change in the rules no novel published in 1970 could win the Booker Prize Shortest book to win: Penelope Fitzgerald’s Offshore (1979) clocked in at 132 pages. Multi-year winners: JM Coetzee (1983 for Life & Times of Michael K and 1999 for Disgrace); Peter Carey (1998 for Oscar and Lucinda and 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang). She is joined by two formerly shortlisted British writers: Tom McCarthy (2010, C) and Andrew O’Hagan (1999, Our Fathers, and longlisted for Be Near Me, 2006).

The 2015 winner will then be announced on Tuesday 13 October in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the literary world. Following her second win in 2012, Hilary Mantel topped the UK Nielsen BookScan chart with the sales of Bring up the Bodies, her sequel to Wolf Hall which won in 2009. Other winning novels have gone on to have second or third lives as stage and screen adaptations; examples include Schindler’s Ark (directed by Steven Spielberg as Schindler’s List), The Remains of the Day and The English Patient.

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