Marlon James wins 2015 Man Brraper Prize

October 14, 2015 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

So, in the end there was no need for any more brute-force voting, the judges went out all guns blazing, and unanimously awarded the £50,000 Man Booker Prize to the “very exciting, very violent, full of swearing” A Brief History of Seven Killings, and Marlon James has become the first Jamaican-born winner. At 686 pages, A Brief History of Seven Killings is also one of the longest winners, continuing the trend towards hulking tomes – much to Salman Rushdie’s chagrin: “Just as I start writing short books, long books are in. My days of long books are over” he told The Telegraph last week.

“Someone said to me they like to give Booker winners to their mother to read, but this might be a little difficult” Michael Wood, chair of this year’s judges, admitted. Yes, but on the other hand it might be the perfect Christmas present for your Gangsta Granny. After hearing Nonesuch Book blogger Frances on The Readers’ Man Booker Podcast, and Sarah Churchwell on the BBC News channel coverage, both champion A Brief History of Seven Killings I was not surprised it won, it sounds like a literary box of fireworks.

So that’s Booker 2015 over. It’s been emotional.

Now let’s take a quick peek at 2016.

The longlist for the new-style Man Booker International Prize will be announced in March, the shortlist in April and the winner in May. There is already a list of possible candidates for that on goodreads, and I have just initiated the Man Booker Prize Eligible 2016 list there as well.

Big names vying to be snubbed in favour of “new voices and younger writers” next year include: Julian Barnes, Don DeLillo, Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith, and maybe even the long-awaited sequel to A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. There may even be a bit of Cauliflower® in the Booker stew.

Now it’s time for this blog to go back into hibernation.

Zzzz.

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