A refreshing winner in many ways, if you haven’t heard it already, Marlon James is the first Jamaican author to win the Booker Prize. Narrated in a variety of voices, many of which speak in Jamaican Patois, James uses the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 to delve into the fascinating, gritty and violent political and social history of 1970s and 80s Jamaica.

 

Original, gripping, and with comparisons to HBO’s The Wire, this may not be quite like any Booker winner before but is a quintessential Daunt Books book – suffused with a stunning sense of place. We certainly can’t wait to get selling it.