Alert! Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha have won the 2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English.
Botha is also up for the UJ Afrikaans creative writing prize, which is yet to be announced.
Beukes, Botha and Robertson are also finalists for the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize, which will be announced on 28 June.
In an article for the Mail & Guardian, UJ Prize panelists Ronit Frenkel and Craig MacKenzie praised both Beukes and Botha’s work:
Lauren Beukes has won the 2013 UJ Prize for The Shining Girls (Umuzi). This highly innovative novel blends time travel, serial killers, mystery and the evolution of Chicago in the 20th century, all within the framework of Beukes’s magical imaginings, rendered in beautifully constructed prose.
Dominique Botha takes the UJ Debut Prize for her coming-of-age novel False River (Umuzi). This moving debut is avowedly autobiographical, yet takes into its ambit the story not only of a rural Afrikaans girl’s life, but also of her entire family (with a particular focus on her gifted but troubled brother Paul), her small Free State community and the dramatic transitional years in South African society and politics.
- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
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