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I’m very happy that The Shining Girls has made the long-list for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and even happier at the company it’s in. These are some very fine books by exceptionally talented writers.

It’s a great snapshot of local literature right now across all genres and subject matter.

If you’ve been wanting to read South African fiction, but haven’t known where to start, may I recommend any one of these.

I’m also pleased to have featured several of the writers talking about these books in their own words as part of my guest blog series, The Spark.