THE DANCING AND THE DEATH ON LEMON STREET by Denis Hirson is one of several writers from around the world shortlisted for the prize. Regional winners will be announced on 22 May with the overall prize awarded at Hay Festival on 8 June.
A regional winner for each prize will be awarded in five regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean, and the Pacific.
THE DANCING AND THE DEATH ON LEMON STREET is published in South Africa by Jacana.
Praise for THE DANCING AND THE DEATH ON LEMON STREET:
'Lyrical, layered and mesmerising.' -- Troy Blacklaws, The Argus
'A perfectly focused snapshot of the early months of 1960.' -- Aly Verban, Cape Times
'An elegant bittersweet novel that leaves its readers sore and admiring altogether.' -- The Times
'The minutiae of life are beautifully captured…Hirson writes beautifully, and the story sweeps the reader along…More of a sour lemon-tinged microscope than rose-tinted spectacles. And all the better for it.' -- Margaret Von Klemperer, Witness
'Hirson...delivers a taut, well-told tale, tightly constructed and yet apparently following the random rhythms of human interaction...' -- Michiel Heyns, Sunday Times