The Caine Prize for African Writing 2016


The Caine Prize for African Writing 2016

The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and Other Stories

Now entering its seventeenth year, 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 residing in Africa or elsewhere. This collection brings together the five 2016 shortlisted stories, along with stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop, which took place in April 2016.


Memories We Lost by Lidudumalingani Mqombothi (South Africa)

The Lifebloom Gift by Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya)

What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria)

Genesis by Tope Folarin (Nigeria)

At your Requiem by Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe)

The leading African literary award is also known as the African Booker, as it is named after the Booker Prize founder, Michael Caine. The collection of 18 short-stories will be released in time for the announcement of the award in July 2016 in London.

The two African winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Wole Soyinka and John Coetzee are patrons of The Caine Prize.

“Africa’s most important literary award.” – International Herald Tribune

“Entertaining. Deserves to be widely read.” – Sunday Independent, South Africa

“It provokes and challenges.” – Harare News, Zimbabwe

“Dazzling and splendidly diverse.” – The Times, UK

Co-published by Jacana Media in South Africa 

ISBN 978-1-4314-2435-1
FORMAT Paperback
GENRE  Short Stories
SIZE 190x130mm
EXTENT 240pp
RELEASE July 2016


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