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Marlon James

Marlon James, the gay Jamaican author who won the 2015 Man Booker Prize, talks to Ben Kelly about homophobia, immigrant integration, and the need for greater diversity in literature

“I think we need new myths and new worlds of wonder...


...It’s time to look at places other than Europe”

If you ever need an example of perseverance paying off, just look to Marlon James. His debut novel John Crow’s Devil was rejected 78 times before finally being published in 2005. Ten years later, in 2015, his third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the Man Booker Prize – one of the most distinguished honours in literature.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is a sprawling epic which explores the social fabric of Jamaica in the 1970s and 1980s, and lays bare the human experience borne of poverty, drug addiction, gang warfare and political corruption. Taking the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley as his starting point, James weaves a web of characters who were involved, and pulls out the threads of their own stories in the years that followed.

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Celebrating 30 years in the music industry, as they release their new album Super, the Pet Shop Boys cover the new issue of Attitude. Inside, we have the gay Booker Prize winner Marlon James, hunky teacher/model Pietro Boselli, musical theatre star Ben Forster, and a preview of the BFI Flare film festival. There’s a feature on the history of punk, and gay readers introduce us to their mums (ah!) Elsewhere in this Style issue, get up to date on the best of the high street, and what’s on trend this spring/summer.