Books Set in Africa


Head, Bessie
– When Rain Clouds Gather


Schiff, Stacy
Cleopatra: A Life


Selasi, Taiye
– Ghana Must Go


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


Bâ, Mariama 
– So Long a Letter

Sierra Leone

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


Lindhout, Amanda and Sara Corbett
A House in the Sky

South Africa

Galgut, Damon
– The Good Doctor

Mda, Zakes
– Ways of Dying

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


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


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