Alan Yentob accompanies the charismatic and provocative novelist Marlon James back to James’s home country of Jamaica and finds in his three highly praised novels a complex portrait of the turbulent history of his native country. 2015 was a momentous year for James. He became the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker prize for his magisterial novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, about the events surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley and their aftermath. He also chose to come out as gay in an article for the New York Times – a brave move for a man born in what has been called the world’s most homophobic country.
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