The 2013 Sunday Times Fiction Prize Shortlist
Alert! The Sunday Times Fiction Prize shortlist has been announced at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. This year's judges have selected five novels from an initial longlist of 31. In no particular order, the shortlist comprises:
The Book of War (by James Whyle) - Africa Book Club
By any account, to entitle a début novel “The Book of War” can seem presumptuous. Yet, the book brilliantly lives up to the promise of its ambitious name. For war is everywhere here – but not romanticised with the usual bravery, indestructible friendship and clear divide between the camps of good and evil that justify the violence. No. In a sober style made out of short sentences, hand-picked words and balanced rhythm Whyle shows war for what it really is. A physical ordeal against nature…
AL: What is The Book of War? JW: It’s a novel, which Rian Malan with his tongue in his cheek called a historical romance. But in a way it is true, in the sense that Blood Meridian is a historical romance. Interview on African Lookbook.
Author of The Book of War, James Whyle, in conversation with Janet van Eeden | LitNet
"Whyle’s marriage of history with fine craftsmanship has shot him straight to the forefront of our writing community. His style is inimitable, his ways with language poetic, and he can hold his own against the few literary giants who have emerged from this continent."