Sunday, 18 October 2015

Marlon James: Another Brief History

Jamaican-born, raised in affluent suburb of Kingston, 'nerd... batty boy', moves to New York, graduates from a Pennsylvania university, first novel, deleted, Kaylie Jones' encouragement, rescues book, 78 rejections, published, asked to teach creative writing in Minnesota, second novel, comparison to Dickens, writes A Brief History Of Seven Killings, part written in patois, violent drug gangs, Bob Marley shot, acclaim, moving coming out essay in New York Times, Booker Prize, HBO adaptation, how do I end this thing, 'the rest is (a brief) history.'

The Sunday Times profile.

And if you don't know Marlon's story by heart by now you can read it all again in FT Weekend.

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