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The 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize Shortlist

The shortlistees for the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards

Alert! The shortlist announcement of the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize 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 Alan Paton Award shortlist here

The shortlisted books for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize are:

Tales of the Metric SystemThe ReactiveArctic SummerThe Savage HourOctober


“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 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, now in its 15th year, is awarded to “a novel of rare imagination and style, evocative, textured and a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark of contemporary fiction”.

Dr Annari van der Merwe, chair of the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize judging panel, said, “2014 was a bumper year for South African English fiction. So many major writers produced significant work that one wishes the shortlist could have contained more than only five titles.”

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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