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Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha Win the 2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes

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Alert! Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha have won the 2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English.

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Beukes has been awarded the R75 000 Main Prize, for The Shining Girls, while Botha took the R30 000 Debut Prize for False River.

Botha is also up for the UJ Afrikaans creative writing prize, which is yet to be announced.

Ken Barris and Steven Boykey Sidley won last year’s UJ Prizes, for Life Underwater and Entanglement, respectively.

On the Main Prize shortlist this year were Beukes, Zakes Mda (The Sculptors of Mapungubwe) as well as Books LIVE members Sidley (Stepping Out) and Rachel Zadok (Sister-sister).

The Debut Prize shortlist comprised Botha, Claire Robertson (The Spiral House), CA Davids (The Blacks of Cape Town) and Perfect Hlongwane (Jozi: A Novel).

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.

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