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  • eBook: The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014

    p>The Caine Prize, awarded annually for African creative writing, is named after the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee. The Prize is awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English (indicative length 3,000 to 10,000 words). An “African writer” is normally taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of an African country, or whose parents are African.

    The Caine Prize 2014 short-listed stories are:

    • Diane Awerbuck (South Africa) “Phosphorescence”

    • Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia) “Chicken”

    • Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe) “The Intervention”

    • Billy Kahora (Kenya) “The Gorilla’s Apprentice”

    • Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) “My Father’s Head”

    Every year, the shortlisted authors will be awarded a £500 prize and published in the annual Caine Prize anthology alongside twelve stories written at the annual workshop held in Africa. The fifteenth winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will receive their award at a dinner in the Bodleian Library in Oxford on 14 July 2014.

    They will also be given the opportunity to take up a month’s residence at Georgetown University, as a Writer-in-Residence at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, and to take part in the Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September. This is a co-publishing arrangement between the Caine Prize and New Internationalist, Bookworld in Zambia, Cassava Republic in Nigeria, FEMRITE in Uganda, Jacana Media in South Africa, amaBooks in Zimbabwe, Kwani in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Publishers in Ghana.

    Judging Panel and Shortlist: The judging panel is chaired by award-winning author Jackie Kay MBE. She is joined by the distinguished novelist and playwright Gillian Slovo, Zimbabwean journalist Percy Zvomuya, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Georgetown Dr Nicole Rizzuto and the winner of the Caine Prize in 2001 Helon Habila. This is the second time that a past winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will take part in the judging.

    Reviews:

    ‘Entertaining. Deserves to be widely read.’ - Sunday Independent, South Africa.

    'A vital collection drawing on a rich treasury of material.' - The Guardian, UK.

    ‘The Caine Prize continues to gather the many-varied streams of African writing.’ - The Mercury, South Africa.

    ‘It provokes and challenges.’ - Harare News, Zimbabwe. Learn More

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  • eBook: Lusaka Punk and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2015

    The Caine Prize for African Writing 2015 brings together the five shortlisted authors' stories along with 12 other stories from the best new writers. Insightful, arresting and entertaining - this collection reflects the richness and range of current African writing. 'To me this isn’t just the best fiction Africa has to offer, it’s some of the best fiction the world has to offer...These writers are a reminder that there’s a huge production of literature going on in Africa that can and should be part of the global conversation.' - Cóilín Parsons, Irish literary scholar. eBook, 240 pages. Learn More

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  • eBook: Ten Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing

    Celebrating 10 years of the leading literary prize for African fiction, the 10 winning stories are brought together along with stories from JM Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer and Ben Okri. 256 pages. Learn More

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  • eBook: The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and Other Stories - The Caine Prize for African Writing 2016

    The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. 'Dazzling and splendidly diverse.' - The Times, UK eBook, 240 pages Learn More

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  • eBook: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012 - African Violet

    Author: Various The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Learn More

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  • The Busker by Liam Murray Bell

    Pick of the Year 2014 - Scottish Book Trust Three cities, two years, one chance: from the author of the critically acclaimed debut So It Is — shortlisted for best first book at the Scottish Book Awards 2013 — comes the hard-hitting story of a young man determined to find his voice. “A disturbing and realistic portrayal of the music industry, homelessness and how life can go horribly wrong.” - We Love This Book Also available as an eBook Learn More
  • The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer

    Selected Title - Waterstones New Voices 2010 In this powerful debut novel, Ed Hillyer has created an epic brimming with memorable characters and historical intrigue, and etched with documentary detail that brings both Regency and Victorian London vividly to life. "An effortless blend of history, religion, philosophy, travel, adventure and the great British sport of cricket, this beautifully written novel is the best first novel I've read in a very long time." - Katie Roberts, Waterstones Learn More
  • Alarm Girl by Hannah Vincent

    Shortlisted - Hookline Novel Competition 2012 Shortlisted - Writer's Retreat Competition 2012 Steeped in the dry heat of a South African summer, this keen and touching debut seamlessly interweaves the voices of Indigo and her mother, and beautifully captures the human desire to belong: in a family, in a country, in your own skin. "An assured exposition of grief, belonging and the nature of self." - Sussex Life Paperback: 192 pages Size: 129mm x 198mm Learn More
  • The Cloths of Heaven by Sue Eckstein

    Part love story, part journey of discovery and part comedy of manners, Sue Eckstein's captivating novel explores a disparate group of expatriates in West Africa and their complicated ties to the country, its people and to each other. 'A gripping new novel about ex-pat life in West Africa. A real treat.' Brigid Keenan Also available as an eBook Learn More
  • eBook: Belonging by Umi Sinha

    Umi Sinha's unforgettable debut is an intense, compelling and finely wrought epic of love and loss, of race and ethnicity, of homeland and of belonging. 'Belonging is one of the rare books in which as a reader you are in love with all the three characters simultaneously. The narrative is like an exquisite tapestry... There are perfectly crafted glimpses of violence perpetrated by the natives against the British in 1857, loyalty of Indian soldiers, the insensitivity of the British army towards Indian soldiers in the First World War. The author remarkably paints the societal system where sahibs and their bibis, paedophily, incest, cheating wives and friends are juxtaposed with loyalty, honour, valour, sensitivity and true love.' The Tribune Learn More

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