Andrew Harding, the BBC’s Africa correspondent, based in South Africa, won the Sunday Times Literary Award for non-fiction for his book These Are Not Gentle People (Picador Africa). The book is the account of a double murder that took place in Parys in the Free State in 2016 and its aftermath, including the trial. A group of white men killed two black men who were seen as intruders on a farm. Harding traces that story, the narratives of those who went on trial, and the impact on both the victims’ families and those of the perpetrators. Justice Malala described These Are Not Gentle People as an “extraordinary, fast-faced and exquisitely written true story. South Africa’s brutal and divided past, its complex present and contested future collide in an explosive narrative of murder, race, class and human cruelty.” This is an extract from the beginning of the book.