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The 2015 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award Longlist

Alert! The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award has been announced.

This is the 26th year the Alan Paton Award will be bestowed upon a book that presents an “illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power”, and that demonstrates “compassion, elegance of writing, and intellectual and moral integrity”.

Last year’s winner was Max du Preez’s A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy.

As with the Fiction Prize, the winner of the 2015 Alan Paton Award will receive R100 000.

The 2015 Alan Paton Award Panel of Judges is Bill Nasson (Chair), Pregs Govender and Shaun Johnson.

Chairperson Bill Nasson’s remarks on the Alan Paton Award longlist:

The books that have come our way for this year’s award vary in quality and, interestingly, in intent. They are marked by more than just the standard yield of political, social, economic, cultural, and moral preoccupations which animate our English non-fiction. For one thing, the list exhibits a slightly Quixotic streak, so that there is a more expansive range of South African experience on offer: dipping deep into mine shafts, or squinting upwards at a feathery natural world, the byzantine fate of carrying a minority identity, or, say, the museum treatment of those at the bottom of this country’s notorious socio-economic pile. For another, there is authorship. A striking feature this year is the mix of very well-established writers – versatile wordsmiths who plough more than just one furrow – with lower-profile contenders. The list contains notably good writing from writers who write well – those who know that words are ‘like a flower beneath a dancer’s heel’, as the poet Mayakovsky once suggested. The hardy ‘state we are in’ perennial continues to flourish (as well it should) and there is a rich seam of works of biography, autobiography and recollection. This being non-fiction, at least the job of the judges will be made slightly easier by not having to sit in Stockholm and prepare a life-changing phone call.

The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize can be seen here.

Without further ado, the longlist (scroll down for titles):

Third World ChildRegarding MuslimsWhat's Gone Wrong?JusticeGirl on the EdgeThe Side of the Sun at NoonBrothers in War and Peace

Digging DeepAskariThe Rise of the SecurocratsLost and Found in JohannesburgDivided LivesThe Search for the Rarest Bird in the WorldDF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner Nationalism

Good Morning, Mr MandelaOpposite MandelaThe Fall of the ANCBack to AngolaThe New RadicalsHostels, Homes, Museum

PostmortemDrinking with GhostsA Man of Good HopeMemoirs of a Born FreeRaising the Bar

The 2015 Alan Paton Award Longlist

Book details

  • Hostels, Homes, Museum: Memorialising migrant labour pasts in Lwandle, South Africa by Noëleen Murray, Leslie Witz
    EAN: 9781775820772
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