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James Whyle

South African writer


Born in East London South Africa

James Whyle is a South African writer, playwright and screenwriter. His novel, The Book of War, was published by Jacana Media in 2012. It was short listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award, and won the the M-Net Literary Award for best debut.

His published drama includes National Madness, an Amstel Play of the Year runner up, and Rejoice Burning which was commissioned by the BBC. His story, The Story, was chosen by JM Coetzee as winner of the 2011 Pen/Studzinski award. He wrote the original screenplay for the film, Otelo Burning, released in 2012.


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Stellenbosch University/Universiteit Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

MA - Creative Writing

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M-Net Literary Award | 2013

Best debut - The Book of War

The Story | 2011 SA PEN/Studzinski Literary Award | 2011

Shortlist and nomination

Sunday Times Fiction Prize | 2013

The Book of War on the Short List for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize.

Africa Movie Academy Achievement in Screenplay | 2012

Otelo Burning nominated for the Africa Movie Academy achievement in screenplay award.

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Mail & Guardian | 2012

"One is thrown into the heart of the action." Review in the Mail & Guardian

Pretoria News | 2012

"A stunning debut novel" Review of The Book of War.

The Times | 2012

"A BRILLIANT, unforgettable debut. Steeped in carnage..." Review of The Book of War

LitNet | 2012

New from Jacana: The Book of War

The Book Shed | 2012

In conversation with American author Patricia J DeLois.

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