Patricia J DeLois visits with James Whyle: Bookshed founder and winner of the 2011 PEN/Studzinski Prize. His debut novel, The Book of War, is due from Jacana Media in the first week of April. Rian Malan has called it, "A very good book. Possibly great."
How did you find out you'd won the prize?
It was announced. There was a ceremony in the Book Lounge in Cape Town. I was standing at the back of the throng, close to the door onto the street. For easy escape. Margie Orford made a speech. As she worked through runners up, third prize, second prize etc, the chances of getting anything became increasingly remote. I was starting to turn away to the street when I heard her say, first prize...The Story... I thought: The Story? It sounded so familiar.
Causes James Whyle Supports
Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa.