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The 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize Longlist

Alert! The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize has been announced.

This is the 15th edition of the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, but the first it bears the name of Barry Ronge, the Sunday Times’ longtime arts commentator who was one of the founders of our literary awards.

In 2014 the prize was awarded to Claire Robertson, for her novel The Spiral House.

The prize criteria stipulate that the winner should be “a novel of rare imagination and style, evocative, textured and a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark of contemporary fiction”. The prize is open to works in English, including those that have been translated. This year the prize money has been increased from R75 000 to R100 000.

The 2015 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize Pan of Judges is Annari van der Merwe (Chair), Elinor Sisulu and Rustum Kozain.

Chairperson Annari van der Merwe’s remarks on the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize longlist:

Among the novels in the running are exquisite reads, books crafted with a secure literary hand and a deep understanding of human predicaments, novels that tell stories spanning generations and portraying whole communities, and that present us with unforgettable characters. A striking feature of the list is the large number of books that are set either entirely outside the country – in places like the United States, the UK, India, Somalia and Italy – or that move between South Africa and foreign lands. This broadening of horizons is also reflected in authors’ political engagement with what is happening beyond the borders of our country. Other interesting aspects of this year’s crop of novels are the influence of new technology on the content and structure of narratives; the greater importance given to gay characters; the central role played by creative individuals – musicians, artists, writers, academics; and the incidence of sexual abuse of trusting young characters by men of the cloth. Finally, the wide variety of themes and approaches and the pure excellence of much of the writing will make determining the winner of the first Barry Ronge Fiction Prize an exceptionally challenging exercise.

The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award can be seen here.

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

This DayBroken MonstersDevil's HarvestWeeping WatersThe Story of Anna P, as Told by HerselfTales of the Metric SystemAn Imperfect Blessing

Dying in New YorkArctic SummerA Sportful MaliceThe Texture of ShadowsThe ThreeRachel’s BlueUnimportance

Rusty BellThe ReactiveDo Not Go GentleThe KeeperThe Savage HourI See YouImperfect Solo

Invisible OthersThe Alibi ClubLondon – Cape Town – JoburgOctoberThe Road of Excess

The 2015 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize Longlist

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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    April 6th, 2015 @11:56 #

    Hearty congratulations to all! *cough* I edited three of these. :) One glaring omission: where is Richard de Nooy's The Unsaid? I hope this isn't another of those "not South African enough" omissions.

  • SeanMayne
    April 8th, 2015 @09:13 #

    Hi Helen, besides Broken Monsters, may I ask which other titles you edited on the list?


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