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13 Oct 2015

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

First there were 156 novels and then 13, then six and now, at last, just the one - Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings.

13 Oct 2015

A Brief History of Seven Killings wins 2015 Man Booker Prize

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James is tonight, Tuesday 13 October, named as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

09 Oct 2015

Who to put your shirt on

So, with only a matter of days until the unveiling of the Man Booker Prize winner of 2015 on 13 October, who, according to the bookies at least, is the front runner? As things stand Hanya Yanagihara is favourite, with the best odds being offered on A Little Life being 6/4, then come Sunjeev Sahota (9/2), Marlon James (6/1), Chigozie Obioma (10/1), Anne Tyler (12/1), Tom McCarthy (20/1).

02 Oct 2015

What links Ion Trewin, the Man Booker and the Great British Bake Off?

A memorial service was held this week at St Martin-in-the-Fields for Ion Trewin, the much loved editor, biographer and Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, who died earlier this year. It was a joyous affair, despite the sadness, with a remarkable array of speakers remembering Ion as they knew him.

25 Sep 2015

Sherlock Holmes and Sunjeev Sahota

Man Booker aficionados might remember that last year's winner, Richard Flanagan, was predicted ahead of time by a ‘Mr Smith’, a mystery punter from the north east who claimed not to have read any of the shortlisted books but made his choice on the basis of scouring reviews and examining the judges' Wikipedia pages.

18 Sep 2015

The Shortlist, a good list?

The shortlist is out and the first reactions are in. So what – based on a sample of initial reactions – does the world make of the Man Booker judges' six pick? Overall, pretty good. The name that really caught commentators' eyes, however, was one not even included, Marilynne Robinson, winner, as the Guardian pointed out, of the Pulitzer, the Orange prize and a National Humanities Medal presented by Barack Obama. A pretty good haul but she'll have to wait for the Man Booker. The shortlist, said the paper, saw ‘new writers surge ahead’. Marlon James, Sunjeev Sahota and Chigozie Obioma in particular, take a bow.