Green Lion has made it onto the shortlist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, the fiction component of the Sunday Times Literary Awards, South Africa’s foremost literary accolade. The shortlist was announced recently at the Franschhoek Literary Festival, and the winner will be announced at an event in Johannesburg on 25 June, 2016.
The full list of shortlisted books is:
Boy on the Wire by Alastair Bruce – Umuzi
The Dream House by Craig Higginson – Picador Africa
The Magistrate of Gower by Claire Robertson – Umuzi
Green Lion by Henrietta Rose-Innes – Umuzi
Hunger Eats a Man by Nkosinathi Sithole – Penguin
The judging panel was chaired by poet Rustum Kozain, and included Angela Makholwa-Moabelo and Stephen Johnson. Kozain remarked that that the listed writers are “in control of the mechanics of storytelling and so the storytellers that emerge, and the stories they tell, compel us. And they compel us – seducing us without revealing the seduction – into fictional worlds that are credible because of the quality of the storytelling”.