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Sunday Times Literary Awards

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The Sunday Times Literary Awards are composed of two awards, fiction and non-fiction, given by the South African newspaper The Sunday Times. The awards are the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize (formerly Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2001–14) and the Alan Paton Award for works of non-fiction (1989-present).


The prize was restructured in 2015 with the Sunday Times Fiction Prize renamed the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, which was then merged with the Alan Paton Award to form the Sunday Times Literary Awards; the money for each prize was increased in 2015 from R75 000 to R100 000.

Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

The Barry Rong Fiction Prize was renamed in 2015, formerly the Sunday Times Fiction Prize from 2001 to 2014. It is named for Barry Ronge, a South African journalist best known for his "Spit and Polish" column in the Sunday Times.

  • 2016 Nkosinathi Sithole, Hunger Eats a Man
  • 2015 Damon Galgut, Arctic Summer
  • 2014 Claire Robertson for The Spiral House
  • 2013 Karen Jayes for For the Mercy of Water
  • 2012 Michiel Heyns for Lost Ground
  • 2011 Sifiso Mzobe for Young Blood
  • 2010 Imraan Coovadia for High Low In-between
  • 2009 Anne Landsman for The Rowing Lesson
  • 2008 Ceridwen Dovey for Blood Kin
  • 2007 Marlene van Niekerk for Agaat
  • 2006 Andrew Brown for Coldsleep Lullaby
  • 2005 Justin Cartwright for The Promise of Happiness
  • 2004 Rayda Jacobs for Confessions of a Gambler
  • 2003 André P Brink for The Other Side of Silence
  • 2002 Ivan Vladislavic for The Restless Supermarket
  • 2001 Zakes Mda for The Heart of Redness
  • Alan Paton Award

    The Alan Paton Award is a South African literary award that been conferred annually since 1989 for meritorious works of non-fiction. Sponsored by the Johannesburg weekly the Sunday Times, recipients represent the cream of contemporary South African writers who produce works that are judged to demonstrate: compassion; elegance of writing; illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power; and, intellectual and moral integrity. The award is named for Alan Paton, author of Cry, The Beloved Country. The award is given in conjunction with the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

  • 2016 – Pumla Dineo Gqola for Rape: A South African Nightmare
  • 2015 – Jacob Dlamini for Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle
  • 2014 – Max du Preez for A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy
  • 2013 – Redi Tlhabi for Endings and Beginnings
  • 2012 – Hugh Lewin for Stones against the Mirror
  • 2011 – Ronnie Kasrils for The Unlikely Secret Agent
  • 2010 – Albie Sachs for The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law
  • 2009 – Peter Harris for In a Different Time
  • 2008 – Mark Gevisser for Thabo Mbeki - The Dream Deferred
  • 2007 – Ivan Vladislavic for Portrait with Keys
  • 2006 – Jointly awarded to
  • 2005 – Jonny Steinberg for The Number
  • 2004 – Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela for A Human Being Died That Night
  • 2003 – Jonny Steinberg for Midlands
  • 2002 – Jonathan Kaplan for The Dressing Station
  • 2001 – Henk van Woerden for A Mouthful of Glass
  • 2000 – Anthony Sampson for Mandela: The Authorised Biography
  • 1999 – Jointly awarded to
  • 1998 – John Reader for Africa: A Biography of a Continent
  • 1997 – Charles van Onselen for The Seed is Mine
  • 1996 – Margaret McCord for The Calling of Katie Makanya
  • 1995 – Nelson Mandela for Long Walk to Freedom
  • 1994 – Breyten Breytenbach for Return to Paradise
  • 1993 – Tim Couzens for Tramp Royal
  • 1992 – Thomas Pakenham for Scramble for Africa
  • 1991 – Albie Sachs for Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter
  • 1990 – Jeff Peires for The Dead Will Arise
  • 1989 – Marq de Villiers for White Tribe Dreaming
  • References

    Sunday Times Literary Awards Wikipedia

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