Before Jamaican author Marlon James hit the big time – he won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 and is following that up with a groundbreaking fantasy trilogy dubbed "the African Game Of Thrones" – his first novel, John Crow's Devil, was rejected 78 times.

It may come as a surprise to know that even today, in the midst of literary stardom, he still has problems getting his work published.

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