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A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
 A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon JamesA Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James 

Title: A Brief History of Seven Killings

Author:  Marlon James

ISBN:  9781780749761

Weight:  990g

Delivery:  Extra £1.00 [heavy book]

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A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James


Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley’s house, machine guns blazing.  The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught.

From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a dazzling display of masterful storytelling exploring this near-mythic event.  Spanning three decades and crossing continents, 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, A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most remarkable and extraordinary novels of the twenty-first century.

Peer & Press Reviews

Marlon James’s writing can be at once punchy and lyrical; can alternate strange, dreamy poetry with visceral action; and can bring persuasive life to a kaleidoscopic range of characters.  His gifts are expansive… this is a book the energy, intelligence and intellectual range of which demands and rewards attention.  It asks questions that remain pertinent, and demands empathy for characters whom official histories might prefer to overlook.  Moreover, it showcases the extraordinary capabilities of a writer whose importance can scarcely be questioned.

The Independent

A vivid plunge into a crazed, violent and corrupt world, told through multiple narrators and executed with swaggering aplomb… the most original novel I’ve read in years.

Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting and A Decent Ride

Magnificent… richly imagined… James has triumphed in capturing the tension, the politics, the heat, chaos, beauty and music of Jamaica.

Financial Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: A Brief History of Seven Killings
Book Features
Edition / printing: Special edition
Edition features:

From the information on hand, this special edition has a print run of 10,000 copies of which 1,000 (or possibly less) bear Marlon James’ signature.

The cover design features a silver image of a disc printed directly onto the boards and black foil blocking on the front, back and spine; it features spot UV and clear foil to pick out details on the disc.  This edition also has full colour endpapers, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker.

In addition, the book’s preface includes a specially commissioned playlist curated by Marlon James listing the songs that helped inspire him when writing the novel.

Overall condition:

Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)

Oneworld rapidly printed this hardback special edition in response to James winning the 2015 Man Booker Prize.  Perhaps due to the production speed, the book’s pictorial boards exhibit some minor rubbing in places.  Even so, we still consider the books to be in Fine condition.

Signed: On a tipped-in signature page
Book Stats
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Imprint: Oneworld
Awards and prizes:

Man Booker Prize 2015 – winner

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards 2015 – winner (fiction)

Minnesota Book Awards 2015 – winner (novel)

OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2015 – winner (fiction)

National Book Critics Circle Award 2014 – finalist (fiction)

Media adaptation: HBO acquired the TV rights in April 2015 and are currently working on a first adaptation of the novel.
Publication date:
ISBN 13: 9781780749761
ISBN 10: 1780749767
Format: Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages: 704
Size (h x w x d): 240 x 160 x 48mm
Weight: 1.257kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Cover design: James Jones

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