Jonny Steinberg is Professor of African Studies at Oxford University. He is the author of several books about everyday life in the wake of South Africa’s transition to democracy. Two of them, Midlands, about the murder of a white farmer, and The Number, a biography of a prison gangster, won South Africa’s premier non-fiction prize, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.
Steinberg was also a recipient of the inaugural Windham-Campbell Prizes for Literature awarded by Yale University. His latest book, A Man of Good Hope, about the journey of a Somali migrant, was adapted for the stage by Isango, a Cape Town based opera company, and performed in South Africa, Europe and the United States.