Tag Archive: Marlon James

Jan 01

My Top 14 Books for 2015

This year I read 104 novel, 4 of which I didn’t finish.  My two favourite novels of the year – that is two books you should read immediately if you haven’t already, were: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (the book that won this year’s Man Booker Prize); and Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson …

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Oct 19

So who should have won this year’s Man Booker Prize?

As reminder below are the nominees and links to my reviews. Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications) Tom McCarthy, Satin Island (Jonathan Cape) Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press) Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways (Picador) Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus) Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life (Picador) As you’d be aware, Marlon …

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Oct 14

And the Winner of the Man Booker Prize is…

… Marlon James fantastic novel A Brief History of Seven Killings which I reviewed earlier in the year. As I said a month back when the finalists were announced, it was going to take something special to knock Marlon James off the high pedestal I’d put the book on.  And while Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island (review forthcoming) …

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Sep 15

And here we go again – The Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist…

About 90 minutes ago the judges of this year’s Man Booker award announced the 2015 shortlist.  Below are the finalists:   Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications) Tom McCarthy, Satin Island (Jonathan Cape) Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press) Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways (Picador) Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus) …

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Mar 14

And the Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award is…

… Marilynne Robinson for Lila. Back in late February I predicted this might be the case saying, However, if I had to pick who was going to win the NBCC, my money would be on Marilynne Robinson’s Lila.  It’s not a book that I particularly liked, but it continues to generate much praise and love.  I’m …

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Feb 21

Who Should Win the National Book Critics Circle Award?

These were the novels nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.   Click on the links to read my entertaining but always insightful reviews. Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press) Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books) Lily King, Euphoria (Atlantic Monthly Press) Chang-rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea (Riverhead …

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Feb 06

Book Review: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

What’s It About In December 1976 Bob Marley returned to Jamaica to perform at the “Smile Jamaica” free concert.  The event was aimed at easing tension between the two major political parties.  Two days before the concert gunmen attacked Marley, his manager and his wife in the singer’s home.  They all received gun wounds but survived. …

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Jan 21

The National Book Critics Circle Finalists Have Been Announced

The National Book Critics Circle have announced this year finalists ranging from criticism, to poetry, to biography to fiction.  I’m only interested in the fiction category so here are the five nominees. Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press) Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books) Lily King, Euphoria (Atlantic Monthly Press) Chang-rae …

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