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Man Booker Prize winning novel inspired by reggae

Jamaican author Marlon James has won the Man Booker Prize 2015 with ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ – a novel he says was inspired by reggae music.

James told the BBC a huge part of his third novel had been inspired by reggae:

“The reggae singers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh were the first to recognise that the voice coming out our mouths was a legitimate voice for fiction and poetry,” he said.

The author was revealed as the winner of the £50,000 prize in London on Tuesday [13 October]. He is the first Jamaican author to win the prize.

The 680-page novel uses the true story of the attempted assassination of BOB MARLEY in the 1970s to explore the world of Jamaican gangs and politics.

The judges came to a unanimous decision in less than two hours.