The winner of the Man Booker prize was announced last night. The winner is Marlon James with his fictional biography of an assassination attempt on Bob Marley, A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Marlon James is the first Jamaican writer to ever win the prize. His book, set in Jamaica, is an uncompromising story of 1970s gang violence in his homeland. I have not yet read the novel myself but according to reviews I have read it is not for the faint hearted as it is packed with violence, sex and bad language – but humour too apparently! Hopefully we will have a review on here soon but the book is understandably in great demand from the libraries and I thought I would give our customers the chance to read it first before I put in my own reservation. Brent Library members can reserve it for free today, place your reservation through our catalogue.
The book was an instant hit with the Man Booker judges and won through a unanimous decision. Michael Wood, the chair of the judging panel, describes it as “the most exciting book on the list”, although he admits it won’t be to everyone’s taste because of the bad language and risqué content.
The other books nominated were: Satin Island by Tom McCarthy, The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota, A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. All these titles are available to reserve for free from Brent Libraries, place your order online or call into your nearest Brent Library.