Alan Paton Award

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The Alan Paton Award is a South African literary award that been conferred annually since 1989 for meritorious works of non-fiction. Sponsored by the Johannesburg weekly the Sunday Times, recipients represent the cream of contemporary South African writers who produce works that are judged to demonstrate: compassion; elegance of writing; illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it which are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power; and, intellectual and moral integrity.[1] The award is named for Alan Paton, author of Cry, The Beloved Country. The award is given in conjunction with the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Together the two prizes are jointly called The Sunday Times Literary Awards, with the prize money for each increasing to R100 000 from 2015.[2]



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