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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma Wins 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma has won a 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award for her book House of Stone.

Two African writers had made the “Fiction, with a Sense of Place” category shortlist in January. These writers, Jennifer Nansubuga makumbi and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma were shortlisted for their books Kintu and House of Stone respectively.

These two Africans were joined by Sayaka Murata, Sharlene Teo, Elise Valmorbida and Catherine Poulain in the six-writer shortlist released in January. The shortlist in full:

  • Kintu, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Oneworld).
  • House of Stone, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Atlantic Books).
  • Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata (Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) (Granta Publications)
  • Ponti, Sharlene Teo (Picador, Pan Macmillan).
  • The Madonna of the Mountains, Elise Valmorbida (Faber & Faber).
  • Woman At Sea, Catherine Poulain (Jonathan Cape).

The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards was founded to celebrate the best travel writing in the world. The awards also features prises like the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the year, Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing and the Ordnance Survey Children’s Travel Book of the Year. Other prizes awarded at the awards include a Photography & Illustrated Travel Book of the Year, Travel Cookery Book of the Year, Travel Memoir of the Year, Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year, and Bradt Travel Guides New Travel Writer of the Year.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma was announced the winner in London, two days ago. Described as “one of the greatest-ever novels about Zimbabwe”, House of Stone continues to accumulate plaudits.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma took to Instagram to share her joy. She wrote, “What an honour. Thank you. I wrote #houseofstone with a love and attention to home and the place of the imagination in it. Here is to home, to dreaming, to the joy and power of language, to being brave, to being fully, curiously, unapologetically, freely us, to us, to us, to all of us.”

Congratulations Novuyo!


By the way, we can’t wait for Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s forthcoming book! Check it out.

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