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Imraan Coovadia and Albie Sachs Win the Sunday Times Literary Awards


Alert! BOOK SA member Imraan Coovadia and former Consitutional Court justice Albie Sachs have won the 2010 Sunday Times Literary Awards, it was announced tonight in Johannesburg at a giltzy Summer Place do. Coovadia won the R75 000 Fiction Prize for his novel High Low In-between and Sachs the equally lucrative Alan Paton Award for non-fiction, for his memoir, The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law.

High Low In-betweenThe Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

It was third-time lucky for Coovadia, who has been shortlisted thrice and pipped the likes of JM Coetzee to the prize, while Sachs, who has won the Alan Paton Prize before, topped a field populated by likes of Kevin Bloom and Antjie Krog. Find the complete shortlists here.

Imraan CoovadiaAlbie Sachs

Coovadia’s novel, which also won the University of Johannesburg Prize, is now confirmed as the SA Lit read of 2009. (Which, incidentally, BOOK SA called back in December.) Find excerpts here, here and here.

Earlier this year, Tymon Smith interviewed Sachs on his work; and here’s a video of the Alan Paton double winner talking about his abiding passion, the Constitutional Court of South Africa, in March:
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Watch out for further coverage of the Sunday Times Literary Awards – including clips from the winners’ speeches – on BOOK SA on Monday!

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    July 25th, 2010 @00:03 #

    Hmmm. When did the Alan Paton become a lifetime achievement award?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    July 25th, 2010 @18:29 #

    nice one Imraan

  • Mervyn
    July 26th, 2010 @15:12 #

    Congratulations Imraan. Great to see such a fantastic novel getting the recognition it deserves.

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    July 26th, 2010 @15:55 #

    Hear, hear, Mervyn!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    July 26th, 2010 @16:00 #

    Yes, I was very pleased that at least ONE of the horses I was backing romped home to win the award. Just wish Kevin Bloom had got the Alan Paton.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    July 26th, 2010 @16:40 #

    I'm pleased for both, although I was also backing different horses for the Alan Paton -- hearty congratulations to Imraan and Albie!


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