We have started a book club and anyone can join !
Word Up is our celebration and exploration of Contemporary Caribbean Literature where we read a book per season . Ok , so we might be a tad late with our ‘Winter’ selection but it is still Winter in the western hemisphere .
Marlon James’s Man Booker Prize winning novel , A Brief History Of Seven Killings is our first selection for Word Up. You have until January 17th to purchase ( Amazon , Borders , Waterstones , Paper Based Bookshop in Trinidad … ) and the deadline for completion is Sunday March 13th ( plenty time ! )
If you are not resident in London and finish ahead of time then all you have to do is send in your review ( we LOVE film so please feel free to send in a video capture ) to us so that we can share at the London meet up on March 13th . If you are camera shy then we are happy to accept written reviews too . The most important thing here is that your voice is included in the conversation .
Remember , we start reading on Sunday , January 17th so go source your book and get ready for an epic adventure .
Synopsis : On 3 December 1976, just weeks before the general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica concert to ease political tensions, seven men from West Kingston stormed his house with machine guns. Marley survived and went on to perform at the free concert. But the next day he left the country and didn’t return for two years.
Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings takes the form of an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards’ drug dealer. The story traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined – and questions asked.
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