THE DREAM HOUSE and TO QUOTE MYSELF shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Awards


Sunday Times

Pan Macmillan are proud and excited to announce two of our authors have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Awards.

2016 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

2016 Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction


The 2016 shortlist finalists for South Africa’s most prestigious literary recognition – the Sunday Times Literary Awards – were announced on Saturday 14 May at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.  The shortlist announcement has become a much anticipated calendar event for the country’s literary community, with ten South African writers being acknowledged for their work in both fiction and non-fiction categories, and competing for the Barry Ronge Prize and Alan Paton Award respectively.


Jennifer Platt, the Sunday Times Books Editor, says the 2016 shortlist finalists represent “books of quality, that take the temperature and pulse of the nation”.


The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize awards outstanding contributions in fiction.


The judging panel was chaired by Rustum Kozain, a former recipient of the Olive Schreiner Prize, the Ingrid Jonker Prize and the Herman Charles Bosman Award for literature.  Kozain notes that the writers are “in control of the mechanics of storytelling and so the storytellers that emerge, and the stories they tell, compel us. And they compel us – seducing us without revealing the seduction – into fictional worlds that are credible because of the quality of the storytelling.”  The fiction judging panel includes Angela Makholwa-Moabelo and Stephen Johnson.


The 2016 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize shortlist finalists in the Sunday Times Literary Awards are:



The Alan Paton non-fiction judging panel is chaired by playwright, poet, novelist and political activist Achmat Dangor.


“Each of the writers has approached their chosen subject matter with candour and honesty, and do not hesitate to challenge many popular notions that have become ‘accepted truths’ in our daily public discourse,” says Dangor.  The judging panel includes Tinyiko Maluleke and Pippa Green.


The 2016 Alan Paton Award shortlist finalists in the Sunday Times Literary Awards are:




The winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards will be announced in Sandton on 25 June 2016.

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