The shortlist for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award was announced on Saturday evening at the Franschhoek Literary Festival, the Books Live website reported.
This year’s competition sees six titles on a shortlist usually limited to five.
The list includes Andrew Feinstein for his exploration of the global arms trade, The Shadow World, and the Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Wits University Anton Harber’s Diepsloot.
Jonny Steinberg (Little Liberia) and Mandy Wiener (Killing Kebble), as well as Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela (My Father, My Monster) and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Lewin (Stones Against the Mirror), also made the shortlist, according to Books Live.
The winner of the R75 000 prize, which was awarded in 2011 to Ronnie Kasrils for The Unlikely Secret Agent, will be announced at an awards ceremony in Johannesburg in June.