Author, political correspondent and commentator Jacob Dlamini and acclaimed fiction writer Damon Galgut were awarded top honours at the 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards, at a dinner held at Summer Place in Sandton on 27 June.
Dlamini received the prestigious Alan Paton Award for his book Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Jacana Media). It is a considered examination of South Africa after 20 years of democracy.
"The judges called it an exceptionally brave, groundbreaking book, learned without being ponderous, with an insistent moral compass," said Ben Williams, Sunday Times books editor.
Galgut was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his novel, Arctic Summer. Of the book, Williams said: "The judges found the novel to be a brilliant evocation of the life of EM Forster, from an author writing at the height of his powers."