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“I wanted to write a dystopian story away from the formula of the Hunger Games” – Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature winner, Jayne Bauling

Jayne Bauling won silver at the recent Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature ceremony for New Keepers, which, according to the judges, “has the feel of a Lauren Beukes novel crossed with Hunger Games.”

Jayne Bauling, author of New Keepers. ©Hanneri de Wet


Jabz, from the poor margins of post-apocalypse city Gauzi, takes a motley crew of citizens from the city’s privileged Sprawll on a journey of exploration – to the Wildlands. Motivated by strange visions and messages he has received, Jabz and his crew must reach the mountain of his vision, where it will be revealed which one of the group will be the leader of the Wilders who will start a rebellion against the controlling City Minders.

Jayne’s YA novels have been awarded the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa and the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award. Her Sanlam Prize winner Dreaming of Light is prescribed for Gr 11 FAL by the DBE. She lives in Mpumalanga Province in South Africa.

Listen to NB Publishers’ recent interview with Jayne:


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