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The 2016 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize longlist

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The 2016 Sunday Times Literary Awards longlists

 
Alert! The longlist for the 2016 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize has been announced.

This is the 16th edition of the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, but the second year to bear the name of Barry Ronge, the newspaper’s long-time arts commentator who was one of the founders of the literary awards.

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”.

This year’s Barry Ronge Fiction Prize judging panel is Rustum Kozain (chair), Angela Makholwa-Moabelo and Stephen Johnson.

 
Chairperson Rustum Kozain’s remarks on the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize longlist:

It is not without some trepidation that I look at the longlist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize this year. The selection appears as challenging as last year.

There are books by old hands and first books, and a varied range in terms of themes and stylistic approaches. Some are set in the past, while some engage with the past through characters’ memories. Memory, it seems, remains a popular substrate on which to build fictions – or it may be that the mechanics of biography and autobiography fuels much fictionalisation. But there are also books set in a more contemporary space and others in an apocalyptic future. Some engage with contemporary political issues, from internet-enabled stalking to stories of and from underrepresented rural perspectives. There are stories set in South Africa and set elsewhere, as well as jet-setting stories. There are generally realist stories and there are science fiction or speculative fiction stories. Tender, lyrical narratives wistful and romantic, and narratives that come at you with the full blast of the digital-information age. There is seriousness and humour, light humour and black humour.

South African writers are writing. It is a daunting field – the process is going to be intense.

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.

 
 

The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize longlist

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria MysteryRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew
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The Shouting in the DarkThe Shouting in the Dark by Elleke Boehmer
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Boy on the WireBoy on the Wire by Alastair Bruce
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Sweet MedicineSweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi
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What About MeeraWhat About Meera by ZP Dala
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The FetchThe Fetch by Finuala Dowling
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Glowfly DanceGlowfly Dance by Jade Gibson
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The Dream HouseThe Dream House by Craig Higginson
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The Space Between the Space BetweenThe Space Between the Space Between by John Hunt
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The Seed ThiefThe Seed Thief by Jacqui L’Ange
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Day FourDay Four by Sarah Lotz
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Chasing The Tails of My Father’s CattleChasing The Tails of My Father’s Cattle by Sindiwe Magona
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Dub StepsDub Steps by Andrew Miller
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Notes From the Lost Property DepartmentNotes From the Lost Property Department by Bridget Pitt
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The Magistrate of GowerThe Magistrate of Gower by Claire Robertson
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Green LionGreen Lion by Henrietta Rose-Innes
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What Will People SayWhat Will People Say by Rehana Rossouw
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Hour of DarknessHour of Darkness by Michéle Rowe
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A Slim, Green SilenceA Slim, Green Silence by Beverly Rycroft
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Hunger Eats a ManHunger Eats a Man by Nkosinathi Sithole
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Now Following YouNow Following You by Fiona Snyckers
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The RaftThe Raft by Fred Strydom
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Piggy Boy's BluesPiggy Boy’s Blues by Nakhane Toure
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WastedWasted by Mark Winkler
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It Might Get LoudIt Might Get Loud by Ingrid Winterbach, edited by Michiel Heyns
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