#116. Read the books. Wednesday night saw the announcement of the shortlist for the Sunday Times Book Awards 2009. The awards (now in their 20th year) are without doubt the most prestigious and richest (and fun) book awards in South Africa (and I say that knowing they are and also having a bias – I was one of their chief organisers for a couple of years).
The announcement was made at Shepstone Gardens, a Herbert Baker stone house in Mountain View. Anyone who has ever taken the route along Louis Botha and up Osborn Road, then into Hope Road en route to Sylvia’s Pass (you got to wonder about that Sylvia) would have noticed the stone house – with flag pole – that clings to the bottom of the Ridge and looks like the perfect setting for a Peter Jackson film. Continue reading