Praised in South Africa as one of the most stunning début novels in decades, Sifiso Mzobe’s “Young Blood” is a page-turner that subtly mixes a crime fiction plot, hard-headed characters and latent social comment. Published by Kwela Books in 2010, the book won the prestigious Sunday Times Literary Award for best fiction – a rare honour for a first-time novelist in his early thirties. Booze, sex, drugs, stolen cars and easy money: “Young Blood” is a gangster story set in Umlazi, Durban’s biggest township.
Sifiso Mzobe and Ronnie Kasrils were recently crowned winners of the 2011 Sunday Times Literary Awards at a gala event in Johannesburg, South Africa. The awards, South Africa’s most prestigious literary awards, recognize the country’s best writers in the fiction and non-fiction categories.