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Damon Galgut and Jacob Dlamini Win the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards

Arctic SummerAskari

 

Alert! Jacob Dlamini and Damon Galgut were announced as the winners of the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards at a gala dinner at Summer Place in Sandton this evening.

Dlamini received the Alan Paton Award for his book Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Jacana Media).

Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor and founder of Book LIVE, said: “The judges called it an exceptionally brave, groundbreaking book, learned without being ponderous, with an insistent moral compass.”

Jonny Steinberg received an honourable mention from the judges for his book, A Man of Good Hope.

Galgut was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his novel, Arctic Summer. “The judges found the novel to be a brilliant evocation of the life of EM Forster, from an author writing at the height of his powers,” Williams said.

The awards celebrate the best of South African fiction and non-fiction writing, and this year the prize money was increased to R100 000 each.

“The entries for this year’s Sunday Times Literary Awards were exceptionally strong, presenting our judges with a particularly tough challenge in choosing winners,” Williams said.

“There was decidedly more wheat than chaff to sort, but in the end, we have two standout books that will shape our literary conversation for years to come.”

Last year’s Alan Paton Award winner was Max du Preez for his book A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy, published by Zebra Press, while debut novelist Claire Robertson took the Fiction Prize for The Spiral House, published by Umuzi.

 
2015 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize shortlist:

Tales of the Metric SystemThe ReactiveArctic SummerThe Savage HourOctober

2015 Alan Paton Award shortlist:

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

 

Press Release: Embargo 27 June 2015, 10pm

JACOB DLAMINI AND DAMON GALGUT WIN TOP HONOURS AT SUNDAY TIMES LITERARY AWARDS

Author, political correspondent and commentator Jacob Dlamini and acclaimed fiction writer Damon Galgut were awarded top honours at the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards, a dinner held at Summer Place in Sandton on 27 June.

Dlamini received the prestigious Alan Paton Award for his book Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Jacana Media), a considered examination of South Africa after 20 years of democracy. Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor, said: “The judges called it an exceptionally brave, groundbreaking book, learned without being ponderous, with an insistent moral compass.”

Galgut was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his novel, Arctic Summer. Of the book, Williams said: “The judges found the novel to be a brilliant evocation of the life of EM Forster, from an author writing at the height of his powers.”

The awards celebrate the best of South African fiction and non-fiction writing from the previous year. Each winner receives R100 000.

Williams concluded: “The entries for this year’s Sunday Times Literary Awards were exceptionally strong, presenting our judges with a particularly tough challenge in choosing winners. There was decidedly more wheat than chaff to sort, but in the end, we have two standout books that will shape our literary conversation for years to come.”

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