Sunday Times Literary Awards 2014 – LONGLIST


Sunday Times Literary Awards 2014The longlists for this year’s Sunday Times Literary Awards 2014 have been announced (with the shortlist being announced at the Franschhoek Literary Festival on Saturday, the 17th of May).


  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (Umuzi)
  • False River by Dominique Botha (Umuzi)
  • My Children Have Faces by Carol Campbell (Umuzi)
  • Lion Heart by Justin Cartwright (Bloomsbury)
  • The Blacks of Cape Town by CA Davids (Modjaji Books)
  • The New Girl by SL Grey (Corvus/Atlantic Books)
  • Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin (Pan Macmillan/Thomas Dunne)
  • Penumbra by Songeziwe Mahlangu (Kwela)
  • The Sculptors of Mapungubwe by Zakes Mda (Kwela)
  • Way Back Home by Niq Mhlongo (Kwela)
  • Untitled by Kgebetli Moele (Kwela)
  • Small Things by Nthikeng Mohlele (UKZN Press)
  • A Hill of Fools by Mtutuzeli Nyoka (Picador Africa)
  • Water Music by Margie Orford (Jonathan Ball)
  • The Imagined Child by Jo-Anne Richards (Picador Africa)
  • The Spiral House by Claire Robertson (Umuzi)
  • Call It Dog by Marli Roode (Penguin/Atlantic Books)
  • Rumours by Mongane Wally Serote (Jacana Media)
  • Stepping Out by Steven Boykey Sidley (Picador Africa)
  • Zebra Crossing by Meg Vandermerwe (Umuzi)
  • Wolf, Wolf by Eben Venter (Tafelberg)
  • Walk by James Whyle (Jacana Media)
  • Sister-Sister by Rachel Zadok (Kwela)


  • The Great African Society: A Plan for a Nation Gone Astray by Hlumelo Biko, Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy by Max du Preez, Zebra Press
  • The Zuma Years – South Africa’s Changing Face of Power by Richard Calland, Zebra Press
  • The Things that Could Not be Said: From A(ids) to Z(imbabwe) by Frank Chikane, Picador Africa
  • The Hidden Thread: Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era by Irina Filatova and Appollon Davidson, Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • What Dawid Knew: A Journey with the Kruipers by Patricia Glyn, Picador Africa
  • A Renegade Called Simphiwe by Pumla Dineo Gqola, MF Books
  • South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects by Adam Habib, Wits University Press
  • Choosing to be Free: The Life Story of Rick Turner by Billy Keniston, Jacana Media
  • Sanctuary: How an Inner-City Church Spilled onto a Sidewalk by Christa Kuljian, Jacana Media
  • The Accidental Ambassador: From Parliament to Patagonia by Tony Leon, Picador Africa
  • Into The River of Life: A Biography of Ian Player by Graham Linscott, Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • The Bushman Winter Has Come: The True Story of the Last /Gwikwe Bushmen on the Great Sand Face by Paul John Myburgh, Penguin Books South Africa
  • For the Fallen: Honouring the Unsung Heroes and Heroines of the Lliberation Struggle by Mzwakhe Ndlela, KMM Review
  • My Second Initiation: The Memoir of Vusi Pikoli by Vusi Pikoli & Mandy Wiener, Picador Africa
  • How to be a Real Gay: Gay Identities in Small-Town South Africa by Graeme Reid, UKZN Press
  • The Grand Scam: How Barry Tannenbaum Conned South Africa’s Business Elite by Rob Rose, Zebra Press
  • Portrait of a Slave Society: The Cape of Good Hope 1717 – 1795 by Karel Schoeman, Protea Boekhuis
  • Fractured Lives by Toni Strasburg, Modjaji Books
  • Food for Africa: The Life and work of a scientist in GM crops by Jennifer Thomson, UCT Press
  • The Concentration Camps of the Anglo-Boer War: A Social History by Elizabeth van Heyningen, Jacana Media
  • Thomas Pringle: South African Pioneer, Poet & Abolitionist by Randolph Vigne, UCT Press
  • Richard Rive: a Partial Biography by Shaun Viljoen, Wits University Press
  • A Nation in Crisis: An Appeal for Morality by Paulus Zulu, Tafelberg

Congratulations to all of these writers!


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