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HolidaysQueen Fri 05-Dec-08 09:52:14

Having read both of Chimamanda Nkozie Adichie's books, I've then since discovered Chinua Achebe and now want to read some more African fiction. Any suggestions for books/authors?

Dragonbrandybutter Fri 05-Dec-08 14:47:44

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is set in the Congo in the 1960s. It's a great book but not by an african author.

Nagapie Fri 05-Dec-08 14:50:55

Peter Godwin - When the Crocodile Eats the Sun & Mukiwa
Aiden Hartley - Zanzibar Chest
Shirley Goodness and Mercy - Chris van Wyk

BoccaDellaNativita Fri 05-Dec-08 22:45:41

Doris Lessing - The Grass Is Singing
Barbara Trapido - Frankie and Stankie
Hilary Mantel - A Change of Climate

The Lessing is the best of these, I think, but please tell me more about Chinua Achebe ....

slayerette Fri 05-Dec-08 22:52:58

I am marking an exam at the moment where one of the set texts is Chinua Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah. Fascinating fictional representation of post-colonial Nigeria.

madmadmadwoman Thu 18-Dec-08 16:48:26

Robert Ruark - 'Uhuru' Swahili for Freedom. About the Mau mau uprising in Kenya. Fantastic story. Also wrote The Honey Badher and Poor No More. Brilliant tales.

cheapskatemum Thu 18-Dec-08 22:36:20

Tell Freedom
Flame Trees of Thika
The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

Oumasrusks Sun 21-Dec-08 20:16:39

Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Suedonim Mon 22-Dec-08 02:02:50

There is some African fiction here and non-fiction here. It's a Nigerian website but you can probably order from your local bookshop. smile

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