Openly gay Jamaican author Marlon James has won the world’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker Prize for his novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings.
The 680 page tome was inspired by an assassination attempt on legendary reggae star Bob Marley in the 1970s.
Despite being a very homophobic nation, James included a number of LGBT characters in his story.
“it was very important to me that there were gay characters in the book – to reflect the gayness and hypocrisy in Jamaica,” James said.
James received his award which includes £50,0000 ($106,000 AUD) at a ceremony in London from the Duchess of Cornwall.