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    Nigerian Novelist Chigozie Obioma in the race for $78,000 Booker Prize

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    Babatunde Akinsola
    Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

    Chigozie Obioma

    The Fishermen,a novel by Nigeria’s budding writer, Chigozie Obioma, is among the 13 novels shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for fiction written in English.

    The list was published today and also features the first Jamaican author in contention for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) prize. Obioma is based in Nebraska, United States.

    Marlon James is nominated for his third novel, “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” the story of the attempted assassination of reggae singer Bob Marley and its aftermath in the Jamaica of the 1970s and early 80s.

    Also in contention are 2007 winner Anne Enright and writers from India, New Zealand, Ireland, the U.S. and Britain.

    The list will be whittled down to six on Sept. 15 and the winner will be announced on Oct. 13 in London’s Guildhall.

    First awarded in 1969, the prize’s list of previous winners features many of the literary giants of the last four decades, from Salman Rushdie and Hilary Mantel to Iris Murdoch and Ian McEwan.

    The rules of the prize changed in 2013 to open it to writers beyond Britain and the Commonwealth.

    Last year’s winning novel, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan, sold almost 800,000 copies worldwide.

    After considering 156 books for this year’s prize, the five judges chose the following 13 novels for the 2015 long list:

    Author (nationality) Title (publisher) Bill Clegg (US) Did You Ever Have a Family (Jonathan Cape) Anne Enright (Ireland) The Green Road (Jonathan Cape) Marlon James (Jamaica) A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications) Laila Lalami (US) The Moor’s Account (Periscope, Garnet Publishing) Tom McCarthy (UK) Satin Island (Jonathan Cape) Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) The Fishermen (One, Pushkin Press) Andrew O’Hagan (UK) The Illuminations (Faber & Faber) Marilynne Robinson (US) Lila (Virago) Anuradha Roy (India) Sleeping on Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus) Sunjeev Sahota (UK) The Year of the Runaways (Picador) Anna Smaill (New Zealand) The Chimes (Sceptre) Anne Tyler (US) A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus) Hanya Yanagihara (US) A Little Life (Picador)

    The Fishermen is Obioma ‘ s first novel and has enjoyed rave reviews on BBC and New York Times.It is the story of four brothers whose decision to skip school to go fishing sets in motion a series of life-changing events.

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