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The 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award longlist

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The 2016 Sunday Times Literary Awards longlists

 
Alert! The longlist for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction has been announced, in association with Porcupine Ridge.

This is the 27th year the Alan Paton Award will be bestowed on a book that presents “the 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”.

This year’s Alan Paton Award judging panel is Achmat Dangor (chair), Tinyiko Maluleke and Pippa Green.

 

Chairperson Achmat Dangor’s remarks on the Alan Paton Award longlist:

The 2016 Alan Paton Awards longlisted books examine topics that cover almost the whole spectrum of macro subjects – culture, race, politics, economics – that impact on South Africa today.

There are personal stories about very high-profile figures as well as ordinary people such as street kids and women sangomas in patriarchal rural environments, all of whom deal with the challenging realities of their lives in different ways. Questions are asked: what is race and racism; how is inequality defined; is a true democracy solely embedded in its political order; and how can the constitution be made to work for the true liberation of all citizens.

The books selected for consideration are those that are honest, do not hesitate to challenge power and convention, and are engaging enough to reach a broad general readership.

Finally, whatever the writer has to say, his or her book will achieve enduring impact because of how well he or she can write.

Last year’s Alan Paton Award winner was Jacob Dlamini for his book Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Jacana Media). Damon Galgut was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his novel, Arctic Summer (Umuzi).

The shortlists will be announced on Saturday, May 14 at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. The winners of the 2016 Alan Paton Award and Barry Ronge Fiction Prize will each receive R100 000.

 
2016 Alan Paton Award longlist

Empire, War & Cricket in South AfricaEmpire, War & Cricket in South Africa by Dean Allen
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JM Coetzee and the Life of WritingJM Coetzee and the Life of Writing by David Attwell
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DemocracyDemocracy: More Than Just Elections by Brigalia Bam
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The Secret SocietyThe Secret Society: Cecil John Rhodes’s Plan for a New World Order by Robin Brown
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The Black SashThe Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace by Mary Ingouville Burton
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PapwaPapwa: Golf’s Lost Legend by Maxine Case
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BirthmarkBirthmark by Stephen Clingman
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The Pavement BookwormThe Pavement Bookworm by Philani Dladla
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To Quote MyselfTo Quote Myself by Khaya Dlanga
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RapeRape: A South African Nightmare by Pumla Dineo Gqola
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What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?What If There Were No Whites In South Africa? by Ferial Haffajee
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Operation Lock and the War on Rhino PoachingOperation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching by John Hanks
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In Enemy HandsIn Enemy Hands: South Africa’s POWs in World War II by Karen Horn
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Eugene de KockEugene de Kock: Assassin for the State by Anemari Jansen
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Leading for ChangeLeading for Change by Jonathan Jansen
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How Long Will South Africa Survive?How Long Will South Africa Survive?: The Looming Crisis by RW Johnson
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We Have Now Begun Our DescentWe Have Now Begun Our Descent: How To Stop South Africa Losing Its Way by Justice Malala
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Capitalist CrusaderCapitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth by Herman Mashaba
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God, Spies and LiesGod, Spies and Lies: Finding South Africa’s Future Through its Past by John Matisonn
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Run Racist RunRun Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism by Eusebius McKaiser
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The Rainy SeasonThe Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa by Maggie Messitt
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Deliberate ConcealmentDeliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga by Mtutuzeli Nyoka
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A Perfect StormA Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930 – 1948 by Milton Shain
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Jan SmutsJan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness by Richard Steyn
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Showdown at the Red LionShowdown at the Red Lion: The Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859–1910 by Charles van Onselen
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