Man Booker Prize Winner 2015

On Tuesday 13th October an author, who only 10 years earlier considered giving up writing all together, was awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction – congratulation Marlon James!

The Jamaican born winner endured almost 80 rejections of his first novel, John Crow’s Devil, before it was published in 2005. Three novels later and A Brief History of Seven Killings has won Marlon £50,000, a designer bound copy of his book and a phenomenal increase in readership!

So it just goes to show if you have passion inside you – never give up!

A Brief History of Seven Killings is not for the faint hearted, indeed it comes with a warning to his own mother – “maybe my mother should stay away from part four of the book” – but the detail and imagination set him worlds apart from your standard murder mystery!

The story is a fictional version of events that take place over three decades (70s, 80s and 90s) around Reggae superstar Bob Marley. Set initially in Jamaica the story travels across time, and continents, during a treacherous and unstable period of history delving into the darkest depths of drugs, guns and the changing history of his hometown.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is on order and will be available to pick up from Ormskirk University Library shortly…

Marlon James-A Brief History of Seven Killings

The Man Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969 and has been awarding annually ever since. If you are interested in finding out more, or even entering your own work for submission, the criteria is as follows…

“Any novel originally written in English and published in the UK in the year of the prize, regardless of the nationality of their author. The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and must not be self-published.”

The runners up in the 2015 awards were:

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

The Fishermen by Chigozie John Obioma

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

EHU loves Reading – share our passion and win an eReader

“To read is to be entertained, challenged, reminded, enthralled or changed”.
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

Learning Services invites all staff and students to share their love of reading with us. Just let us know in 140 characters why books are close to your heart and have the opportunity to win an eReader.

You can send us your thoughts by Thursday 13 December using either:

  • Twitter EHULearnService #EHUreading.   Use our #tag #EHUreading with your details and we will pick up your entries from Twitter everyday
  • Facebook  EHULearnService
  • One of our colourful postcards that you will find around the University sites. Drop the completed cards in any of our libraries (Ormskirk, Aintree, Woodlands or Manchester- Armstrong House).


Over the coming weeks, staff from Learning Services will be sharing their book choices and love of reading on our Facebook page so you will be able to find out about some of the things we like to read!.  Elliott the President of our Student Union is starting us off with why he listens to audio books…

The prize for the first entry drawn at random after the closing date (noon 13th December 2012) is an eReader, the runner up will receive a £20 book token.  We will let the winners know on the 13th, just before the end of term, so you might be getting an early Christmas present!

So if you agree with J.K.Rowling…

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book”

…then tell us about it!

Learning Services

Academic Skills Workshops

Learning Services is offering a series of workshops that will help you develop the skills you need to study effectively and improve your marks. Places are limited, so to book a place, please email Margi Rawlinson at with your name, student ID, course and year.

All workshops will be from 1pm – 2pm, in Room B105 in the Business School (opposite the library).

Wednesday 2nd February: What makes a good assignment?
Wednesday 9th February: Finding and using the right sources
Wednesday 16th February: Reading and critical thinking
Wednesday 2nd March: Editing and proofreading
Wednesday 9th March: Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
Published: Friday 04 February 2011