Oneworld has acquired the third novel by The Book of Night Women author, Marlon James.
Publisher Juliet Mabey acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in a “strong five-figure pre-empt” from Claire Roberts on behalf of Ellen Levine at Trident Media Group.
Lined up for publication in 2013, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a political thriller about the attempted assassination of Bob Marley and his family in Jamaica in 1976.
Mabey said: "James is such an incredibly talented writer, with a strong, distinctive voice, that I couldn’t help falling in love with his writing all over again. I would have been absolutely devastated if we hadn’t secured this extraordinary novel.
"It is utterly compelling from the first page, and my biggest problem is having to wait to read the final chapters.”
James’ The Book of Night Women was the launch title of Oneworld’s fiction list in 2009, and went on to win the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2010, and sell over 30,000 copies, according to the publisher.