South Africa’s Sunday Times Literary Award 2015 longlists announced

Barry Rouge 2015The Sunday Times is a South African newspaper which has become famous in literature circles for its prizes for writers. The newspaper hands out two prize every year; the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award. The former is meant for fiction and the latter is for non fiction.

TheBarry Ronge Fiction Prize is named after Barry Ronge, the Sunday Times’ longtime arts commentator who was one of the founders of our literary awards. The judges for this prize are looking for a novel of rare imagination and style, evocative, textured and a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark of contemporary fiction. The prize is open to works in English, including those that have been translated.The prize money is R100 000. The books in the running for the dosh are;

  • This Day by Tiah Beautement (Modjaji Books)
  • Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes (Umuzi)
  • Devil’s Harvest by Andrew Brown (Zebra Press)
  • Weeping Waters (Plaasmoord) by Karin Brynard (translated by Maya Fowler/Isobel Dixon) (Penguin)
  • The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself by Penny Busetto (Jacana)
  • Tales of the Metric System by Imraan Coovadia (Umuzi)
  • An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids (Umuzi)
  • Dying in New York by Ekow Duker (Picador Africa)
  • Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut (Umuzi)
  • A Sportful Malice by Michiel Heyns (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
  • The Texture of Shadows by Mandla Langa (Picador Africa)
  • The Three by Sarah Lotz (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Rachel’s Blue by Zakes Mda (Kwela Books)
  • Unimportance by Thando Mgqolozana (Jacana)
  • Rusty Bell by Nthikeng Mohlele (UKZN Press)
  • The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga (Umuzi)
  • Do Not Go Gentle by Futhi Ntshingila (Modjaji Books)
  • The Keeper by Marguerite Poland (Penguin)
  • The Savage Hour by Elaine Proctor (Quercus)
  • I See You by Ishtiyaq Shukri (Jacana)
  • Imperfect Solo: A Dark Comedy of Random Misfortune by Steven Boykey Sidley (Picador Africa)
  • Invisible Others by Karina Szczurek (Protea Book House)
  • The Alibi Club by Jaco van Schalkwyk (Umuzi)
  • London – Cape Town – Joburg by Zukiswa Wanner (Kwela Books)
  • October by Zoe Wicomb (Umuzi)
  • The Road of Excess by Ingrid Winterbach (Human & Rousseau)

Allan Patton 2015The Alan Paton Award is given to a non-fiction book that presents an “illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power”, and that demonstrates “compassion, elegance of writing, and intellectual and moral integrity”. Those in the running for this one include;

  • Third World Child: Born White, Zulu Bred by GG Alcock (Tracey McDonald Publishers)
  • Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid by Gabeba Baderoon (Wits University Press)
  • What’s Gone Wrong: On the Brink of a Failed State by Alex Boraine (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
  • Justice: A Personal Account by Edwin Cameron (Tafelberg)
  • Girl on the Edge by Ruth Carneson (Face2Face)
  • The Side of the Sun at Noon: A Quest by Hazel Crampton (Jacana)
  • Brothers in War and Peace: Constand and Abraham Viljoen and the Birth of the New South Africa by Dennis Cruywagen (Zebra Press)
  • Digging Deep: A History of Mining in South Africa by Jade Davenport (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
  • Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle by Jacob Dlamini (Jacana)
  • The Rise of the Securocrats by Jane Duncan (Jacana)
  • Lost and Found in Johannesburg by Mark Gevisser (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
  • Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and a Daughter by Lyndall Gordan (Little Brown)
  • The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World by Vernon RL Head (Jacana)
  • DF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner Nationalism by Lindie Koorts (Tafelberg)
  • Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange (Penguin)
  • Opposite Mandela: Encounters with South Africa’s Icon by Tony Leon (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
  • The Fall of the ANC: What Next? by Prince Mashele and Mzukisi Qobo (Picador Africa)
  • Back To Angola: A Journey from War to Peace by Paul Morris (Zebra Press)
  • The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s by Glenn Moss(Jacana)
  • Hostels, Homes, Museum: Memorialising Migrant Labour Pasts in Lwandle, South Africa by Noeleen Murray and Leslie Witz, (UCT Press)
  • Postmortem: The Doctor Who Walked Away by Maria Phalime (Tafelberg)
  • Drinking with Ghosts: Revisiting Apartheid’s Dirty War in Southern Africa by Michael Schmidt (BestRed)
  • A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
  • Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation by Malaika wa Azania (Jacana)
  • Raising the Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa by Songezo Zibi (Picador Africa)


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