2009 Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose: Awarded to For the Sake of Silence.

  • Cawood Green, Michael (Recipient)



The English Academy of Southern Africa awards the Olive Schreiner Prize to writers in recognition of the radical late nineteenth and early twentieth-century liberal and pacifist who opposed racism, campaigned for women’s rights and was an advocate of literature as a vehicle for engagement in broader social issues. Her most acclaimed novel, The Story of an African Farm, was published in 1883. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most important works in South African fiction. The Academy recognized Michael Cawood Green’s second novel for its technical accomplishment, riveting narrative, and depth of historical research. It was described as a “tour de force of artistic expression... a wonderful history and spell-binding drama.”
Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsThe English Academy of Southern Africa