The winners of the 2018 Sunday Times Literary Awards were announced on Saturday.
The awards celebrate the best of South African non-fiction and fiction from the previous year. Each winner receives R100,000.
Jennifer Platt, Sunday Times Books Editor, said: ‘This year’s judging was tough but what was evident was the recognition of the art of writing. South Africa’s rich history and diverse stories are being rigorously explored, examined and celebrated.’
Harry Kalmer won the 18th Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his book A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg. The judges said:
‘Johannesburg emerges as a fascinating beast of a city, and this is a novel way of celebrating it. The outstanding writing and innovative structure – along with memorable characters – make this an instant classic.’
Bongani Ngqulunga received the 29th Alan Paton Award for Non-fiction for his book, The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme. The judges called the book:
‘a revelatory, inspiring study of a man and a movement that reverberates right up to today. It is a scholarly, well-researched book that illuminates our flawed roots and our flawed nationhood, presented through the complex and mercurial character of Seme.’
To read the winners’ speeches on The JRB, click on the link above.