Regular book columns
African Library: Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique MukasongaBooks and writers 2017-04-25
"Brief as it is, and with some of the naïveties of a first novel, Mukasonga’s narrative packs a powerful punch without exploiting the Rwandan tragedy for merely melodramatic effects."
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?"