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Marlon James: ‘Even when I’m writing about really dark, twisted stuff, it’s still an escape’

 The Big Issue UK 18 July 2019

Nine months ago, Marlon James became the first Jamaican author to win the Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings, which was inspired by a real-life incident in 1976 when seven gunmen stormed Bob Marley’s house in Kingston. For the late-blooming author it was the final confirmation that he’d been right to stick at it through the many rejection letters that began his career. Since he won, he has barely been back to his home in Minnesota – he’s been busy touring the world talking about his book. But as a gay man, he says he was nervous about how he’d be received back in Jamaica. (1516 Words) - By Richard Smirke

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Marlon James, author of "A Brief History of Seven Killings", poses with his award at the ceremony for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 in London, Britain October 13, 2019.  Credit: REUTERS/Neil Hall

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