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Marlon James: A Decade Since the Booker Prize

Thursday 30th May

Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, York Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1NG
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The winner of the 2015 Man Booker prize & literary star Marlon James returns to the bookshop to celebrate and discuss the book that won him the Booker prize.

Born in Jamaica, James is the author of the New York Times-bestseller Black Leopard, Red Wolf, A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women and John Crow's Devil.

Emerging against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture, disco, sex and excess, A Brief History of Seven Killings is the remarkable re-imagining of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Jamaica, 1976. Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley's house, machine guns blazing.

The reggae superstar survives.

The gunmen are never caught.

Marlon James' dazzling novel reimagines an event that has become a modern myth. Spanning three decades, 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, this is a stunning new edition of one of the most acclaimed novels of the twenty-first century.

'Showcases the extraordinary capabilities of a writer whose importance can scarcely be questioned' Independent

'Epic in every sense of the word' New York Times