2016 Etisalat Prize Shortlist

The 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature Shortlist is out and brings us 3 novels from the African continent.  This year two Nigerians and one South African are vying for the prize. The Seed Thief by Jacqui L'Ange "Sometimes the thing you find is not the one you were looking for. When botanist Maddy Bellani is... Continue Reading →


2015 Etisalat Literature Prize Shortlist

At the end of last year the Etisalat Prize for Literature released their 2015 longlist which Professor Ato Quayson describes: “The range of submissions for the Etisalat Prize this represents the vitality of literary writing on the continent, and the longlist is a selective showcase of the best to be found. The subjects covered in... Continue Reading →

2014 Etisalat Literature Prize Winner

I'm very happy to share with you that Songeziwe Mahlangu won the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature for his novel Penumbra.  Mahlangu was my pick for winner of the prize not only because he is a fellow South African but more importantly because his book sounds so good. Have a quick look at the blurb... Continue Reading →

My Africa Reading Wishlist

My Africa reading wishlist is a personal reading list of African Literature I hope to get through in my lifetime.  I have been participating in KinnaReads' Africa Reading Challenge for the last two years and originally created this reading list in response to her challenge.   If you're looking for inspiration for your own foray into... Continue Reading →

2014 Etisalat Prize Shortlist

Three African novels have been selected for the shortlist of the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature and I am proud to see two of the three novelists are South Africans; Nadia Davids and Songeziwe Mahlangu, together with Nigerian Chinelo Okparanta. “From a strong long list we are now delighted to announce this year’s shortlist which... Continue Reading →

2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize Winner

The winner of the 2014 Sunday Times Prize for Fiction is: The Spiral House by Claire Robertson Sunday Times books editor Ben Williams said, “The Spiral House emerged as the unanimous winner in the tightly contested Fiction category. The judges called it an astonishingly adept and richly imagined novel, a layered, subtle story that resonates with important ideas about... Continue Reading →

2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize Shortlist

Over the weekend people in the Western Cape of South Africa got to enjoy the Franschoek Literature Festival where the shortlist for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize was announced.  Here is the 2014 Shortlist: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes Publisher Blurb: Chicago, 1931. A strange house gives serial-killer Harper the power to travel through... Continue Reading →

A Guide to Reading Wilbur Smith’s Series

Wilbur Smith is a best-selling author with four series of wonderful novels.  He was born in Kabwe, Zambia in 1933 and went to university in South Africa.  His novels span centuries and follow different people and families on the African continent.  He has also written a number of stand alone novels so don't miss out... Continue Reading →

2013 Etisalat Prize Winner

On Sunday night the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature held their winner announcement ceremony and the winner is: We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out... Continue Reading →

2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature Shortlist

This year is the inaugural prize for the Etisalat Prize for Literature.  It is the first Pan-African literary prize created to recognize and reward debut fiction writers in Africa.  The winner will receive a £15,000 cheque.  The shortlist was released on 22 January after a retreat in Morocco where the judges narrowed down the prize finalists. (official... Continue Reading →

2013 Sunday Times Fiction Prize Winner

The 2013 Sunday Times Fiction Prize winner, awarded in June, is For the Mercy of Water by Karen Jayes. For the Mercy of Water by Karen Jayes In a country long gripped by drought, water has become the priceless commodity over which a deadly war is being waged. In remote towns and villages, far from the safety of... Continue Reading →

2013 M-Net Literary Award Winners

The M-Net Literary Awards were awarded in September this year.  The English category prize went to The Institute for Taxi Poetry by Imraan Coovadia. The Debut prize went to The Book of War by James Whyle. The Institute for Taxi Poetry by Imraan Coovadia Solly Greenfields, the first of the taxi poets, has been shot dead. At the Institute... Continue Reading →

Writer Spotlight: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a prominent author of African literature.  She was born in Nigeria, lives in America, but continues to go between the two  countries teaching writing workshops in Nigeria.  Adichie's novels have been translated into 30 languages and she has won various prestigious awards for her work. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003),... Continue Reading →

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