The longlist for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction 2016 in association with Porcupine Ridge has been announced.

The Alan Paton Award which is 27 this year celebrates a book that presents “the 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”.

This year’s Alan Paton Award judging panel is Achmat Dangor (chair), Tinyiko Maluleke and Pippa Green. Last year’s it went to Jacob Dlamini for his book Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Jacana Media). The full longlist of those in the running to win the award worth over S.A R100,000 are;

  • Empire, War & Cricket in South Africaby Dean Allen
  • JM Coetzee and the Life of Writingby David Attwell
  • Democracy: More Than Just Electionsby Brigalia Bam
  • The Secret Society: Cecil John Rhodes’s Plan for a New World Orderby Robin Brown
  • The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peaceby Mary Ingouville Burton
  • Papwa: In the Grip of a Championby Maxine Case
  • Birthmarkby Stephen Clingman
  • The Pavement Bookwormby Philani Dladla
  • To Quote Myselfby Khaya Dlanga
  • Rape: A South African Nightmare by Pumla Dineo Gqola
  • What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?by Ferial Haffajee
  • Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poachingby John Hanks
  • In Enemy Hands: South Africa’s POWs in World War IIby Karen Horn
  • Eugene de Kock: Assassin for the Stateby Anemari Jansen
  • Leading for Changeby Jonathan Jansen
  • How Long Will South Africa Survive?: The Looming Crisisby RW Johnson
  • We Have Now Begun Our Descent: How To Stop South Africa Losing Its Wayby Justice Malala
  • Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growthby Herman Mashaba
  • God, Spies and Lies: Finding South Africa’s Future Through its Pastby John Matisonn
  • Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racismby Eusebius McKaiser
  • The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africaby Maggie Messitt
  • Deliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Sagaby Mtutuzeli Nyoka
  • A Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930 – 1948by Milton Shain
  • Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatnessby Richard Stey
  • Showdown at the Red Lion: The Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859–1910by Charles van Onselen


The shortlists will be announced on Saturday, May 14 at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.