#60Seconds with Marlon James: 'West loves fairies & hobbits. I'm kinda tired'
He may be last year's Man Booker prize winner for A Brief History of Seven Killings, but of late Jamaican-born Marlon James has been in the news for a new reason: he spoke of writing his next book, an African 'Game of Thrones'.
Naturally, the interwebs exploded at the prospect of the hyper-talented James bringing his A-game to the genre. Born in 1970 and brought up in Kingston, Jamaica, is making his first Jaipur Literature Festival appearance, so we hunted him down day one for a 60-second chat on what to expect from his next.
He may have won his Booker young enough, but it doesn't mean he had it easy - James, who has been teaching creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota since 2007 had his first novel, John Crow's Devil rejected almost 70 times before being published in 2006.
The Book of Night Women followed, and then it was the big Booker one. Next up is Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a series of fantasy books and that's where all the buzz is.
We asked James what we could expect. He told us what we shouldn't.
Text: Durga M Sengupta