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A Brief History of Seven Killings

Jamaican author Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize on 13 October with his ‘exhilarating’ A Brief History of Seven Killings.

The ceremony was broadcast live by the BBC and VIPs included HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, The Chancellor, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and John Hurt. In his speech, James said how much his literary sensibilities had been shaped by the prize.

The knock-on effect of winning was immediate: #MarlonJames trended on Twitter and the book went straight to the top of the charts. The ‘Booker bounce’ saw 12,466 copies of A Brief History of Seven Killings sold in the UK the week after the announcement, a 933% increase on the week before.

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