Books Set in Africa


Allison, Peter
Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

Head, Bessie
– When Rain Clouds Gather


Schiff, Stacy
Cleopatra: A Life


Selasi, Taiye
– Ghana Must Go

Quartey, Kwei
Wife of the Gods


Hirsi Ali, Ayaan


Matar, Hisham
The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between


Kamkwamba, William and Bryan Mealer
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope


Hammer, Joshua
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts


Appanah, Nathacha
– The Last Brother


Achebe, Chinua
– Arrow of God
– The Education of a British-Protected Child
– Things Fall Apart

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
– Americanah
– Half of a Yellow Sun
– Purple Hibiscus
The Thing Around Your Neck

Emecheta, Buchi
– The Joys of Motherhood

Unigwe, Chika
– On Black Sisters Street

Republic of Guinea

Laye, Camara
– The Dark Child

Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)

Dongala, Emmanuel
– Little Boys Come from the Stars


Uwiringiyimana, Sandra
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child


Bâ, Mariama 
– So Long a Letter

Sierra Leone

Beah, Ishmael
– A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier


Hirsi Ali, Ayaan

Lindhout, Amanda and Sara Corbett
A House in the Sky

South Africa

Galgut, Damon
– The Good Doctor

Gobodo-Madikizela, Pumla
A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Woman Confronts the Legacy of Apartheid

Mda, Zakes
– Ways of Dying

Noah, Trevor
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood 

Van der Leun, Justine
We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation


Hari, Daoud
– The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur


Gappah, Petina
The Book of Memory


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