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The 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Prize Longlist

The longlists for the R75 000 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the R75 000 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction – Africa’s largest literary prizes for single works – have been announced. Judged this year by Karabo Kgoleng, Michiel Heyns and Jenny Hobbs, the longlist features a wealth of BOOK SA bloggers.

Readers will recall that last year’s Sunday Times Fiction Prize went to Imraan Coovadia for High Low In-between. The shortlists will be announced this Saturday at the Franschhoek Literary Festival and the winners later this year.

Sunday Times books editor Tymon Smith on this year’s longlist:

Newcomers sit easily in the company of their more established peers on the 32-title longlist for this year’s fiction prize, continuing a strong and varied tradition of local fiction writing in post-apartheid South Africa that has seen the industry mushroom at an ever more surprising and encouraging pace.

As always in the past few years, crime writing continues to be a popular genre, from Sue Rabie’s Blood at Bay to Mike Nicol’s Killer Country. The range of crimes and periods of history covered in the crime genre are vast and there are a number of fascinating detectives and criminals being created by local crime writers.

The following 32 books appear on the list:

Thirteen HoursBlood at BayThe Unseen LeopardDeeper Than ColourSpilt MilkThe Angina MonologuesZoo City

Banquet at BrabazanAfrican CookboyRevelationsBig Dan's SofieThe Fossil ArtistTrinity On AirAn Intimate WarHappiness is a Four-Letter Word

Men of the SouthYoung BloodMarried with BaggageLast SummerJust Dessert, DearDouble NegativeWall of DaysA Case of KnivesNot a Fairy Tale

Four Drunk BeautiesSon-in-law of the BoereThe Soldier Who Said NoThose Who Love NightStolen LivesAn Ordinary DayKiller CountryThe Ice on Mars

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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    May 9th, 2011 @12:50 #

    Congratulations all! I note that Tymon says "in many cases editing continues to be an important but overlooked area". I have no doubt he is right, but instead of my usual moan about editing (which I have no right to utter, not having read all these works yet), I would like to celebrate a heartening improvement in editing standards, in some cases. It's hard to work out how much I should be praising the authors rather than the editors, but the novels by Smith, Jele, Wanner, Higginson, Snyckers and Bruce seem to have been beautifully edited. And I'm sure they're not the only ones.


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