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The 2013 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award Longlist

Sunday Times Alan Paton Award


Alert! The Sunday Times revealed the longlists for its 2013 literary awards yesterday.

This year’s Alan Paton Award longlist sees 42 titles competing for the R75 000 prize, won last year by Hugh Lewin for Stones Against the Mirror, which will be judged by Peter Harris, Prishani Naidoo and Ben Williams. View last year’s longlist of 41 titles and the six shortlisted titles.

The shortlist of five will be announced on Saturday evening at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

View the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award longlist, with Naidoo’s comments on the list below:

Jane Raphaely: UneditedA Bantu in My BathroomMobinomicsBack in From the  AngerEndings and BeginningsThe Kebble CollusionSongs and SecretsWho Rules South Africa?Death of an IdealistJM CoetzeeZuma ExposedUnder Our SkinThe Beauty of the LineLost in TransformationEloquent BodySwimming with CobrasEight Days in SeptemberStrikes Have Followed Me All My LifeThe Hungry SeasonThinking Up a HurricaneConversations with My Sons and DaughtersEye on the DiamondsAfrica\'s Third LiberationAfrica�s Future: Darkness to DestinyDisputed LandClarence van Buuren Knew the Words But Not the MusicMangaungEndgame
BikoPoor WhiteThe Last Afrikaner LeadersSpanner in the WorksLove, Sex, Fleas, GodRat Roads
Killing for ProfitExtreme EnvironmentThe Art of Losing\'We Remember Differently\'Reading Revolution
Roots and Routes: Karretjie People of the Great KarooSeedlings	The Hidden History of South Africa�s Book and Reading Cultures
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Prishani Naidoo, chairperson of the judging panel

Reading the books on this year’s longlist for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, brought to you in association with CNA, has been interesting for what it has revealed about the concerns and passions of South African authors today. While apartheid continues to provide the context for a number of the autobiographies, biographies and historical texts, attention to individual experience and life outside of that sphere of society traditionally considered political help to add new dimensions to our collective memory of that period and its imprint on the present.

At the same time, the post-apartheid context also features centrally in the work of several of the authors, with the fraught and corrupt nature of relations within the political realm being a common theme, and several books exploring the experiences of war and genocide beyond South Africa’s borders.

While the longlist overall reflects a society engaged critically in confronting a range of important issues, there seems to have been less experimentation this year with narrative style and form, and less attention to the quality of writing. Only a few books stood out in this respect, which was disappointing.

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  • A Bantu in My Bathroom: Debating Race, Sexuality and Other Uncomfortable South African Topics by Eusebius McKaiser
    EAN: 9781920434373
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  • Disputed Land: The Historical Development of the South African Land Issue 1652-2011 by Louis Changuion, Bertus Steenkamp
    EAN: 9781869197742
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