Category: Literature

Reading Africa. Beautiful, clever reads.

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Reading Zambia: The Mourning Bird

By? Mubanga Kalimamukwento Where? Zambia When? 1990s Who? Chimuka, Ali, Tata and Mama The Mourning Bird I never thought it would take so long to get round to Reading Zambia. Zambia’s relatively well-known in...

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Reading Botswana: When Rain Clouds Gather

By? Bessie Head Where? Botswana When? Early 1960s Who? Makhaya, Gilbert, Dinorego, Paulina, Mma-Millipede Reading Botswana has never been high up on my bucket list; Botswana’s rather the quiet child of the SADC countries....

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Reading Sierra Leone: The Memory of Love

The Memory of Love Where? Freetown, Sierra Leone When? 1960s-1990s Who? Kai, Adrian and Elias The Memory of Love is a moving tale of how individuals and nations try to overcome heartbreak and trauma. It...

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Reading Africa

In the past few years, I’ve been reading more African novels than in the rest of my life (and I’ve always been a fanatic reader). It’s extraordinary to explore countries I’ve never been to,...