Category Archives: Marlon James

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it.

Much as I’m a massive fan of literature in translation, there are certain reading joys that only really come with understanding the precise nuances of the author’s chosen language.  The moment when I realised that my reading would only ever be … Continue reading

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A Dark Period of History: ‘The Book of Night Women’, by Marlon James (2009)

Marlon James’s Booker winning ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings‘ was one of my top reads of last year.  Not only was it a virtuosic view of a time and place I knew little about, it was written with such … Continue reading

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Ironic Book Titles

I recently read ‘The Heat of the Day‘, which is  great book with a great title, but I can’t help thinking that the two don’t really match up.  Frankly, most of the memorable events take place at night and much … Continue reading

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If you liked ‘The Wire’, then you’ll love … ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’, by Marlon James (2014)

The blurb of this book explains that it deals with an attempted assassination attempt on Bob Marley by seven unnamed gunmen.  This does nothing to convey the complexity, subtlety and humanity of the novel. Instead I’m going to have to … Continue reading

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