South African crime fiction author, Deon Meyer, has received France’s top cultural award, Chevailer des Arts et des Lettres or Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters.
French ambassador to South Africa Aurélien Lechevallier bestowed the award on him on behalf of the French President, at Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch.
Meyer has published 15 novels and three short story collections.
His books have been translated into 27 languages and published in more than 40 countries.
His appointment as Knight of Arts and Letters is in recognition of his work and his special relationship with France, reflected in many of his books.
Meyer has described the honour as humbling.
In the video below, SABC News’ Mariska Botha reports on the award :