Jamaican author makes Man Booker longlist with Bob Marley novel

Novelists Marlon James (left) and Anne Enright (right) are among the 13 longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Novelists Marlon James (left) and Anne Enright (right) are among the 13 longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/MARLON JAMES & JEFFREY SKEMP, DOMNICK WALSH

LONDON (REUTERS) - The longlist of 13 titles for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for fiction written in English, published on Wednesday, features the first Jamaican author in contention for the £50,000 (S$106,900) prize.

Marlon James was nominated for his third novel, A Brief History Of Seven Killings, the story of the attempted assassination of reggae singer Bob Marley and its aftermath in the Jamaica of the 1970s and early 1980s.

Also in contention are 2007 winner Anne Enright and writers from Nigeria, India, New Zealand, Ireland, the United States and Britain.

The list will be whittled down to six on Sept 15 and the winner will be announced on Oct 13 in London's Guildhall.

First awarded in 1969, the prize's list of previous winners features many of the literary giants of the last four decades, from Salman Rushdie and Hilary Mantel to Iris Murdoch and Ian McEwan.

The rules of the prize changed in 2013 to open it to writers beyond Britain and the Commonwealth.

Last year's winning novel, The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan, sold almost 800,000 copies worldwide.

After considering 156 books for this year's prize, the five judges chose the following 13 novels for the 2015 longlist:

Author (nationality) Title (publisher)

Bill Clegg (US) Did You Ever Have a Family (Jonathan Cape)

Anne Enright (Ireland) The Green Road (Jonathan Cape)

Marlon James (Jamaica) A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications)

Laila Lalami (US) The Moor's Account (Periscope, Garnet Publishing)

Tom McCarthy (UK) Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) The Fishermen (One, Pushkin Press)

Andrew O'Hagan (UK) The Illuminations (Faber & Faber)

Marilynne Robinson (US) Lila (Virago)

Anuradha Roy (India) Sleeping On Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus)

Sunjeev Sahota (UK) The Year Of The Runaways (Picador)

Anna Smaill (New Zealand) The Chimes (Sceptre)

Anne Tyler (US) A Spool Of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus)

Hanya Yanagihara (US) A Little Life (Picador)