Nkosinathi Sithole’s Hunger Eats a Man is the winner of the 2016 Sunday Times Literary Fiction Award.
If you’re looking for a good holiday book while the kids are all (hopefully) reading – Hunger Eats a Man (Penguin Random House) has been described as a beautifully poetic, funny and highly relevant novel that highlights the ongoing plight of many rural South Africans and the power of a community working together to bring about change.
The judges said: “This is something entirely new in South African literature, in terms of its language and style. The writing is exceptional in the way it bends English to its own purpose. It’s a beautiful, disturbing, highly original novel with touches of unexpected humour.” It’s on our must-read list.
Sithole has a PhD in English Studies and teaches at the University of Zululand and this is his debut novel.