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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

28 Year Old Nigerian Writer Shortlisted For 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma is the youngest nominee shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The 28 year old was shortlisted for his debut novel, "The Fishermen", making him the 2nd Nigerian to be nominated following 1991 winner, Ben Okri.

Amongst those also shortlisted is Marlon James, who is the first Jamaican-born author to be nominated for the prize. James, 44, was nominated for "A Brief History of Seven Killings", his third novel, which explores the 1976 attack on the Jamaican reggae music legend. The winner will be revealed at a ceremony on October 13 at London's Guildhall. Australian author Richard Flanagan won last year's prize with "The Narrow Road to the Deep North". The book has sold almost 800,000 copies worldwide.

Until 2013, the Booker Prize was awarded for the best original full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe. But last year the field was widened to any novel originally written in English and published in Britain. The move was a bid to stamp the prize's authority as the English-speaking world's foremost literary award, crucially by opening it to US writers. See list of those shortlisted after the cut:

2015 Booker Prize shortlist:Marlon James (JAM) -- "A Brief History of Seven Killings"

Tom McCarthy (GBR) -- "Satin Island"

Chigozie Obioma (NIG) -- "The Fishermen"

Sunjeev Sahota (GBR) -- "The Year of the Runaways"

Anne Tyler (USA) -- "A Spool of Blue Thread"

Hanya Yanagihara (USA) -- "A Little Life"

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