Librarians pick top twenty SA books since democracy

South African librarians have picked their top twenty South African books published in the last twenty years.

The Library and Information Association of South African (LIASA) has just released the list from nominations across all genres, and which include children’s books.

Here they are:

  • Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela (Macdonald Purnell, 1994)
  • Country of my Skull  by Antje Krog (Random House, 1998)
  • I have life: Alison’s Story by Marianne Thamm (Penguin, 1998)
  • Disgrace by J M Coetzee (Vintage, 1999)
  • Jamela’s Dress by Niki Daly (Tafelberg, 1999)
  • Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda (OUP, 2002)
  • Madonna of Excelsior by Zakes Mda (OUP, 2002)
  • Confessions of a gambler by Rayda Jacobs (Kwela Books, 2003)
  • Dis ek, Anna by Elbie Lotter (Tafelberg, 2004)
  • Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk (Tafelberg, 2004)
  • Shirley, Goodness and Mercy by Chris van Wyk (Picador Africa, 2004
  • Spud by John van de Ruit (Penguin, 2005)
  • Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred by Mark Gevisser (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2007)
  • Anderkant Pontenilo by Irma Joubert (Tafelberg, 2008)
  • 13 ure by Deon Meyer (Human & Rousseau, 2008)
  • Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony (Sidgwick & Jackson, 2009)
  • Thula Thula by Annelie Botes (Tafelberg, 2009)
  • My father, My Monster by McIntosh Polela (Jacana, 2011)
  • 8 Days in September by Frank Chikane (Picador Africa, 2013)
  • Endings & Beginnings: A Story of Healing by Redi Thlabi (Jacana, 2013)

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  • GeeGee Curtained on March 14, 2014 at 11:19 am said:

    The only one I have read is ‘Dis ek, Anna’ and I started ‘Spud’ but I got bored – it is lying around here somewhere so perhaps I will get to it one day. There are a few on this list I am putting on my list of ‘want to read before I die’. Thanks for sharing :)

  • mumble on March 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm said:

    Surplus to requirements: “Long Walk To Freedom” and anything by J.M. Coetzee.

    Missing: “Triomf” by Marlene van Niekerk, note rocking English translation by that sexy Leon de Kock.