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Jamaican among finalists for prestigious Man Booker Prize, winner to receive US$77,000

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 9:56 PM

Jamaica's Marlon James has been named among six finalists for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction.

James, a graduate of the University of the West Indies, is the first Jamaican finalist for the prestigious book prize, with A Brief History of Seven Killings.

The book focuses on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Two years ago, writers of all nationalities became eligible for the Booker, previously open only to British, Irish and Commonwealth authors.

The list announced yesterday includes finalists from Great Britain, the USA and Nigeria. 

The winner, who will receive about US$77,000 will be announced October 13.

The Man Booker Prize, as it is formally known, is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the United Kingdom.

The first award was made in 1969.