Fiction

Friday – 23rd June 2017

The winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards to be announced on Saturday – see the shortlists

The winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards will be announced on Saturday, June 24. The winners of the Alan Paton Award …

Wednesday – 21st June 2017

New book festival to be launched in Tshwane: Tjo!StoryFest – Everyone Has A Story

The residents of Tshwane are in for a unique treat. They will be closing off Youth Month and welcoming Mandela Month with a new, exciting edition to the cultural calendar: Tjo!StoryFest!

‘Reader, she married me …’ – Mr Rochester tells his side of the story

Reader, she married me … in Sarah Shoemaker’s debut novel Mr Rochester the beloved, enigmatic hero of Jane Eyre tells his story for the first time.

Steven Boykey Sidley chats about his new book, Free Association

Life, in a Garden hosted Steven Boykey Sidley for the launch of his new book Free Association.

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 wins 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis

Fiston Mwanza Mujila and translators Katharina Meyer and Lena Müller are the winners of the ninth Internationaler Literaturpreis for translated contemporary literatures for the German translation of Tram 83.

Caine Prize winner announced soon – listen to the shortlisted stories read by the authors

The winner of the £10,000 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing will be announced at Senate House Library, London, in partnership with …

Monday – 19th June 2017

Mohale Mashigo lists five books she recommends for every South African library

Mohale Mashigo, author of The Yearning, recommends: Zakes Mda – Ways of Dying, Koleka Putuma – Collective Amnesia, Bessie Head – Maru, Alex Eliseev – Cold Case Confession and Tsitsi Dangarembga – Nervous Conditions.

Wilbur Smith chats about the success of his latest book, Pharaoh

In his new worldwide number one bestseller, Pharaoh, Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt and transports you to extraordinary times.

Thursday – 15th June 2017

Deon Meyer’s new post-apocalyptic thriller, Fever, taking the world by storm

Deon Meyer’s new post-apocalyptic thriller, Fever, has raced to number one on the South African bestseller lists.

Israeli author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize for A Horse Walks Into a Bar

Bestselling Israeli writer David Grossman has won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his ‘ambitious high-wire act of a novel’, A Horse Walks Into a Bar.

Win a hamper of books for Father’s Day!

Three winners will each receive a hamper of books for Father’s Day!

Wednesday – 14th June 2017

Win a copy of Arundhati Roy’s new book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Penguin Random House SA is giving away three copies of Arundhati Roy’s long-awaited new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness!

Watch a video of Sally Andrew reading from her second Tannie Maria mystery, The Satanic Mechanic

I was maybe too hungry for love and ended up with murder on my plate.

‘Very thrilling indeed’ – Pamela Power reviews Gail Schimmel’s The Park

Pamela Power has given Gail Schimmel’s new novel The Park a glowing review for the Sunday Times.

Writers and photographers: The Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology call for submissions

An award and anthology on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa.

Tuesday – 13th June 2017

Read the opening chapter of The Woman in the Wood, the latest novel from Lesley Pearse

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Lesley Pearse’s new novel: The Woman in the Wood.

The End of the Day, the stunning new novel by Claire North

The End of the Day is the stunning new novel by Claire North, author of word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

Monday – 12th June 2017

Good books begin as bad drafts

The next time you are struggling with your own writing, recall this selection of pages from the drafts of great novels.

Join Steven Boykey Sidley and Richard Poplak at Love Books for the launch of Free Association

Join Steven Boykey Sidley and Richard Poplak at Love Books this Wednesday for the launch of Free Association!

Read an excerpt from Sarah Perry’s award-winning novel The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry’s new novel The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.