Next Meeting – 3rd November at 5pm

For our next meeting, we chose two books written by authors who will be at The red line Book festival readers Day, Jennifer Johnston and Carlo Gebler. The books are Two Moons by Johnson and Father and I by Gebler.

Readers Day
Dermot Bolger, Jennifer Johnston, Mary Costello, Martina Devlin, Michael O’Loughlin, Carlo Gébler, Hugo Hamilton, Joe Duffy
Time 10.15 am – 4.00 pm
Venue Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium
Booking 01 462 7477;
Admission €10/8

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James wins the 2015 Man Booker prize

Last night A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James was named the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. A Brief History of Seven Killings is published by Oneworld Publications.

The 44-year-old, now resident in Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican author to win the prize in its 47-year history.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is a 686-page epic with over 75 characters and voices. Set in Kingston, where James was born, the book is a fictional history of the attempted murder of Bob Marley in 1976. Of the book, the New York Times said: ‘It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come”, but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner…epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.’

Referring to Bob Marley only as ‘The Singer’ throughout, A Brief History of Seven Killings retells this near mythic assassination attempt through the myriad voices – from witnesses and FBI and CIA agents to killers, ghosts, beauty queens and Keith Richards’ drug dealer – to create a rich, polyphonic study of violence, politics and the musical legacy of Kingston of the 1970s. James has credited Charles Dickens as one of his formative influences, saying ‘I still consider myself a Dickensian in as much as there are aspects of storytelling I still believe in—plot, surprise, cliffhangers’ (Interview Magazine).