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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Random House Struik wins 2014 Sunday Times Literary Awards

Random House Struik authors Max du Preez and Claire Robertson have been announced as the winners of the 2014 Sunday Times Literary Awards.

Robertson won the Fiction Prize for her novel The Spiral House, published by Umuzi, and Du Preez won the Alan Paton Award for his book A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy, published by Zebra Press.

The Sunday Times Literary Awards, in association with Exclusive Books, mark their 25th anniversary this year. The Alan Paton Award is given for a work of non-fiction that promotes “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it which are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power; compassion; elegance of writing; and intellectual and moral integrity”. The Fiction Prize is given for a “work of rare imagination and style, evocative, textured and a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark in contemporary fiction.” Both prizes are worth R75,000.

The Fiction Prize judges called The Spiral House an “astonishingly adept and richly imagined novel, a layered, subtle story that resonates with important ideas about history. We applaud the sensuous quality of the writing and were amazed by its remarkable language.”

Max du Preez’s book was hailed by the Alan Paton judging panel as: “a bracing, opinionated read, ‘vintage Max du Preez’. A nuanced and well-crafted work, casting a rigorous critical eye not only on the powers that be, but on ordinary citizens and the writer himself. This is the best of all the reflections on 20 years of democracy published last year.”

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