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Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi has been shortlisted for the 2016 Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award. Around 150 nominations were received. The R20 000 prize is given to the title that South Africa’s booksellers most enjoyed reading, promoting and selling.

Sweet Medicine is a thorough and evocative attempt at grappling with a variety of important issues in the postcolonial context: tradition and modernity, feminism and patriarchy, spiritual and political freedoms and responsibilities, poverty and desperation, and wealth and abundance.

“Panashe Chigumadzi’s Sweet Medicine is as fresh and bracing as mountain air.”
– Mandla Langa

“Written in the wake of Aidoo, Dangarembga and Adichie, Sweet Medicine has a voice and drive all of its own: witty, incisive and thought-provoking, it is a novelistic debut you will find hard to put down.”

– Dr Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton

“How Panashe Chigumadzi deftly deals with Tsisi’s decision as a young woman who must make it against all odds is what makes Sweet Medicine a must-read.”
– Zukiswa Wanner

Other nominees include:

• Death By Carbs by Paige Nick (published by Bookstorm)
• Ikarus by Deon Meyer (published by Human & Rousseau)
• Immer Wes by Irma Joubert (published by LAPA Publishers)
• Little Suns by Zakes Mda (published by Random House South Africa)
• Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew (published by Random House South Africa)

The winner will be announced at the Sefika gala event at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town on Tuesday, 30 August.