Regular book columns
African Library: Chronicle of a last summer – a novel of Egypt by Yasmine El RashidiBooks and writers 2017-03-02
"Sometimes seen as primarily a family saga or a portrait of the teeming city of Cairo, this debut novel’s wider resonance is indicated in the subtitle; it is a highly sophisticated reading of the pulse of urban Egypt over a stretch of the 30 years between 1984 and 2014."
African Library: Keeper of the Kumm by Sylvia VollenhovenBooks and writers 2016-12-14
"Told with great candour and in her inimitable, forthright style, Vollenhoven’s is one of the most important South African autobiographies to have appeared."
African Library: The Oldest Orphan by Tierno MonénemboBooks and writers 2016-08-30
"My name is Faustin, Faustin Nsenghimana. I’m fifteen years old. I’m in a cell in Kigali central prison. I’m waiting to be executed."
African Library: The Train of Salt and Sugar by Licínio de AzevedoBooks and writers 2016-05-05
"This fine and moving text by an author originally from elsewhere is a rich contribution to the African library ..."
African Library: Lagoon by Nnedi OkoraforBooks and writers 2016-03-02
"Lagos is simultaneously the topic and setting of this text, and was also the title the author originally gave this fascinating modern fantasy novel."
African Library: Luuanda – Short Stories of Angola by Josè Luandino VieiraBooks and writers 2015-12-15
"I strongly recommend that all readers encounter for themselves the charming, humane, by turns hilarious and profound tales contained in this collection ..."
African Library: Wife of the Gods by Kwei QuarteyBooks and writers 2015-10-28
"This fine example of the detective genre is strongly recommended to readers – not only for its clever plot, but also for its richer insights."
African Library: Return to Dar al-Basha by Hassan NasrEnglish 2015-07-07
"Who will restore my beautiful dreams to me? Who will restore Shama to me? Who will restore my childhood?"
African Library: The Naked Gods by Chukwuemeka Ike2015-03-03
"A prize-winning author in his country of origin and also king of an Aro town in Eastern Nigeria, Ike is an alumnus of Ibadan University and his writing has a sophisticated satirical edge."
African Library: Yoruba Girl Dancing by Simi Bedford2014-12-16
"Though she exists only in fiction, Remi is an unforgettable character whose humane and spirited nature recognises the ugly, unnecessary barriers that many non-African people continue to put up against Africans for ridiculous reasons, impoverishing their lives."
African Library: The Crippled Dancer by T Obinkaram Echewa2014-10-29
"Echewa’s novel proceeds as quietly as its protagonist and his grandfather to demonstrate profound insights into the difficulties of negotiating the changing African scene and into the vital need to do so with courage and patience."
African Library: The Case of the Socialist Witchdoctor and Other Stories by Hama Tuma2014-08-29
"In his author’s note to this text, Hama Tuma declares his belief 'that Ethiopian reality is stranger (and more horrible) than fiction'."
African Library: The Yacoubian Building by Alaa al-Aswany2014-07-02
"You don’t understand because you’re well-off. When you’ve stood for two hours at the bus stop or taken three different buses and had to go through hell every day just to get home ... then you’ll know why we hate Egypt."
African Library: Tears of the Desert – A Memoir of Survival in Darfur2014-04-29
Tears of the Desert – A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis is a work of testimony and an important addition to the African archive.
African Library: Intimate Strangers2014-03-04
Intimate Strangers has connections with social anthropological research. Annie Gagiano explains.
African Library: Harare North by Brian Chikwava2013-12-18
Chikwava’s Harare North ... presents readers with an evocation of conflicted Zimbabwean identities ... and with making lives for themselves in Britain, where so many of their compatriots have inserted themselves ... (T)hey have mockingly re-named London 'Harare North' (Johannesburg being known as 'Harare South')."
Blossoms of the Savannah by HR Ole Kulet2013-10-29
"Ole Kulet evinces profound admiration of most aspects of Maa lifestyle and tradition, and the fact that he writes this novel from an insider’s perspective strengthens the validity of his balanced representation of a fraught issue and a valuable African culture."
African Library: The Forbidden Woman2013-08-27
"Indeed, the entire text could be read as exhortation and inspiration; the contribution of an Algerian woman who left her country physically, but remains passionately committed to her country and to those of her compatriots who share her passion for freedom."
African Library: Tropical Fish2013-06-26
"Yet mostly it vividly depicts how young Africans in our time are learning about life; making many mistakes, but also developing life skills and professional expertise."
African Library: Oil on water2013-05-02
Habila, a poet as well as a prize-winning novelist, has been a journalist in Lagos like the main character (Rufus) of his novel ...