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The 2015 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award Shortlist

The shortlistees for the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards

Alert! The shortlist announcement of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award was held at Allora restaurant in Franschhoek tonight.

Celebrating literary excellence, a combined total of 10 books were shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. The annual event, a highlight of the prestigious Franschhoek Literary Festival, honoured authors who produced outstanding writing the previous year.

See the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize shortlist here

The shortlisted books for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction are:

AskariLost and Found in JohannesburgDF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner NationalismPostmortemA Man of Good Hope


“This year, the prize money for the awards has been increased to R100 000 each, which underscores the Sunday Times’ commitment to promoting the best of our literature,” said Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor.

The Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, in its 26th year, recognises books that demonstrate “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power; compassion, elegance of writing, and intellectual and moral integrity”.

Professor Bill Nasson, chair of the Alan Paton Award judging panel, said this year’s shortlisted books “open a wide window upon lives being made and also re-made in South Africa. Admirably imaginative in their grasp of chosen subject matter, they are rigorously robust and humane”.

On 27 June the overall winners of the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize will be announced at Summer Place, Johannesburg.

See this year’s full longlist

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