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The longlists for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize & Alan Paton Prize for non-fiction.

The longlists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards are out, and some of our favourite books have been nominated. Penguin Random House SA imprints lead with 13 titles, with Jacana in second, with five titles. The Seed Thief, Dub Steps, and The Raft – all nominated – were some of our best reads last year. For the Alan Paton Prize for non-fiction, Jonathan Ball leads with six nominees, followed by Jacana with five.

The shortlist will be announced on 14 May 2016 at the Franschoek Literary Festival.


The longlist for the 2016 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize:


  • Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew (Umuzi)
  • The Shouting in the Dark by Elleke Boehmer (Jacana)
  • Boy on the Wire by Alastair Bruce (Umuzi)
  • Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi (Jacana)
  • What About Meera by ZP Dala (Umuzi )
  • The Fetch by Finuala Dowling (Kwela)
  • Glowfly Dance by Jade Gibson (Umuzi)
  • The Dream House by Craig Higginson (Pan Macmillan)
  • The Space Between the Space Between by John Hunt (Umuzi)
  • The Seed Thief by Jacqui L’Ange (Umuzi)
  • Day Four by Sarah Lotz (Hodder & Stoughton distributed by Jonathan Ball)
  • Chasing The Tails of My Father’s Cattle by Sindiwe Magona (Seriti Sa Sechaba)
  • Dub Steps by Andrew Miller (Jacana)
  • Notes From the Lost Property Department by Bridget Pitt (Penguin)
  • The Magistrate of Gower by Claire Robertson (Umuzi)
  • Green Lion by Henrietta Rose-Innes (Umuzi)
  • What Will People Say by Rehana Rossouw (Jacana)
  • Hour of Darkness by Michéle Rowe (Penguin)
  • A Slim, Green Silence by Beverly Rycroft (Umuzi)
  • Hunger Eats a Man by Nkosinathi Sithole (Penguin)
  • Now Following You by Fiona Snyckers (Modjaji Books)
  • The Raft by Fred Strydom (Umuzi)
  • Piggy Boy’s Blues by Nakhane Toure (Blackbird Books, Jacana)
  • Wasted by Mark Winkler (Kwela)
  • It Might Get Loud by Ingrid Winterbach, edited by Michiel Heyns (Human&Rousseau)


The longlist for the Sunday Times 2016 Alan Paton Award for non-fiction:

non fiction

  • Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa by Dean Allen (Zebra Press)
  • JM Coetzee and the Life of Writing by David Attwell (Jacana)
  • Democracy: More Than Just Elections by Brigalia Bam (KMM Review Publishing)
  • The Secret Society: Cecil John Rhodes’s Plan for a New World Order by Robin Brown (Penguin)
  • The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace by Mary Ingouville Burton (Jacana)
  • Papwa: In the Grip of a Champion by Maxine Case (Kwela)
  • Birthmark by Stephen Clingman (Jacana)
  • The Pavement Bookworm by Philani Dladla (Jacana)
  • To Quote Myself by Khaya Dlanga (Pan MacMillan)
  • Rape: A South African Nightmare by Pumla Dineo Gqola (Jacana)
  • What If There Were No Whites In South Africa? by Ferial Haffajee (Pan Macmillan)
  • Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching by John Hanks (Penguin)
  • In Enemy Hands: South Africa’s POWs in World War II by Karen Horn (Jonathan Ball)
  • Eugene de Kock: Assassin for the State by Anemari Jansen (Tafelberg)
  • Leading for Change by Jonathan Jansen (Routledge)
  • How Long Will South Africa Survive?: The Looming Crisis by RW Johnson (Jonathan Ball)
  • We Have Now Begun Our Descent: How To Stop South Africa Losing Its Way by Justice Malala (Jonathan Ball)
  • Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth by Herman Mashaba (Bookstorm)
  • God, Spies and Lies: Finding South Africa’s Future Through its Past by John Matisonn (Missing Ink)
  • Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism by Eusebius McKaiser (Bookstorm)
  • The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa by Maggie Messitt (University of Iowa Press)
  • Deliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga by Mtutuzeli Nyoka (Pan Macmillan)
  • A Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930 – 1948 by Milton Shain (Jonathan Ball)
  • Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness by Richard Steyn (Jonathan Ball)
  • Showdown at the Red Lion: The Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859–1910 by Charles van Onselen (Jonathan Ball)


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