The Terrible

Nigeria - W. Africa

Yrsa Daley-Ward | Release date: 5 Jun 2018

This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happened—“even the terrible things. And God, there were terrible things.” It’s about her childhood in the northwest of England with her beautiful, careworn mother Marcia; the man formerly known as Dad (half fun, half fri...

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Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir

Kenya - E. Africa

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o | Release date: 6 Mar 2018

Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s powerful prison memoir begins half an hour before his release on 12 December 1978. A year earlier, he recalls, armed police arrived at his home and took him to Kenya’s Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. There, Ngugi lives in a block alongside other political prisoner...

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Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home

South Africa - S. Africa

Sisonke Msimang | Release date: 2 Oct 2017

In Always Another Country, Sisonke Msimang writes about her exile childhood in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, her college years in the USA, and returning to South Africa in the 1990s. She reflects candidly on present-day South Africa, but this is a book about family, romance and motherhood; of ...

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Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen

Angola - S. Africa

Linda M. Heywood | Release date: 27 Feb 2017

Though largely unknown in the Western world, the seventeenth-century African queen Njinga was one of the most multifaceted rulers in history, a woman who rivaled Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great in political cunning and military prowess. Linda Heywood offers the first full-length study ...

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The Lights of Pointe-Noire

Republic of Congo - C. Africa

Alain Mabanckou | Release date: 1 Mar 2016

Alain Mabanckou left Congo in 1989, at the age of twenty-two, not to return until a quarter of a century later. When he finally came back to Pointe-Noire, a bustling port town on Congo’s southeastern coast, he found a country that in some ways had changed beyond recognition: the cinema w...

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The Face: Cartography of the Void

Nigeria - W. Africa

Chris Abani | Release date: 2 Apr 2015

In The Face: Cartography of the Void, acclaimed poet, novelist, and screenwriter Chris Abani has given us a brief memoir that is, in the best tradition of the genre, also an exploration of the very nature of identity. Abani meditates on his own face, beginning with his early childhood that...

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