Naben
Ruthnum

Awards

2013 Winner

Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize

for Cinema Rex

Jury Citation

“‘Cinema Rex’ is as rich and visual as the films at its centre, which play on the new movie screen in one neighbourhood of Mauritius in the 1950s. The author beautifully draws the connections between the changing community, inundated by Hollywood and after-school English lessons, and a season of vital shifts for three friends transitioning out of boyhood. Full of heady sensory details, Naben Ruthnum’s deft observations of family and class interactions create an entire world of established histories and hierarchies, even though the reader is only privy to a sliver of these stories.” — 2013 Journey Prize Jury (Miranda Hill, Miguel Syjuco, and Alison Pick)