A Brief History of Seven Killings (Paperback)
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A Brief History of Seven Killings (Paperback)

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Published: 04/06/2015
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A sprawling, immensely audacious fictionalised account of the real-life attempted murder of reggae superstar Bob Marley, James' Booker Prize-winning novel introduces the reader to a host of unforgettable characters and a vividly realised 1970s Jamaica.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2015

Jamaica, 1976.

Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley's house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught. From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a dazzling display of masterful storytelling exploring this near-mythic event. Spanning three decades and crossing continents, A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters - slum kids, one-night stands, drug lords, girlfriends, gunmen, journalists, and even the CIA.

Gripping and inventive, ambitious and mesmerising, A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most remarkable and extraordinary novels of the twenty-first century.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780746357
Number of pages: 704
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm


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'James has triumphed in capturing the tension, the politics, the heat, chaos, beauty and music of Jamaica.' Financial Times

'Vast and vastly ambitious... much to admire... fascinating... the author's imaginative and stylistic range are impressive.' The Sunday Times

‘Vast and teeming … A vivid novel that deserves all the praise it has received.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Breaks new ground… A very fluid and superbly controlled work.’ Spectator

'The ambition is huge, but [James] pulls it off with huge style, confidence, imagination and wit... Extraordinary.' The Times

‘The hottest name in Caribbean literature right now.’ GQ, 'Best Books of 2014'

'When reading reviews of Night Women, James apparently became bored with comparisons to Toni Morrison; and with A Brief History, he’s got bored with comparisons to Quentin Tarantino. But it is hard not to see the strength of that comparison.' Guardian

'Epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex... A testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.' New York Times

'James’ intoxicating prose is relentless, feverishly up-close inside his characters’ rattled nerves even as the narrative scope widens into an evocative portrait of the author’s native Kingston.' Entertainment Weekly, 'Ten Best Fiction Books of the Decade'

‘Not only persuasive, but tragic, though in its polyphony and scope it’s more than that... Comic, surreal, nightmarish, parodic.’ New York Times Book Review

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“Shocking, intelligent and rewarding”

A great book well deserving of its prestige.

You probably won't recognise the rainbow country in this book - at least I didn't. Reggae feels like a naughty word here. Instead the book follows a varied cast... More

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“Stunning.”

This is truly an incredible piece of writing.It absorbs you and takes you on a journey no white man could experience into an era and a milieu which whilst totally alien is also strangely familiar if ,
like me you are... More

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“Prize win justified?”

Grabbed a copy after hearing so much about the author and the book, and it is a good read without doubt. What wraps around the 'Singer', his attempted murder and international success was first class. All... More

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