James Murua

Critic

Kenya

James Murua is a Nairobi-based lover of books and blogger. He blogs about African books and travel.

The Hairdresser of Harare

Date: 12 Oct 2010 Category: Books
7.0 Rating
Tendai Huchu’s debut novel The Hairdresser of Harare is the story of two main characters; Vimbai and Dumisani. Vimbai is the star hairdresser at the Khumalo Hair and Beauty Treatment Salon in Harare, Zimbabwe and the story is told with her as the main character. She has a young daughter who she lives with in a home she inherited from a brother who was working in the UK before passing on. The home where she is living in with her daughter and hou ...

Season of Crimson Blossoms

Date: 20 May 2016 Category: Books
7.0 Rating
 Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is not an unknown name in the world of African literature. Some of his many accolades include being shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African writing, a BBC African performance prize winner, and the Amatu Braide Prize.
His first offering was The Whispering Trees a short story collection with Season of Crimson Blossoms being the first full novel of the Abuja resident. The latter follows the lives of two prot ...

Tomorrow Died Yesterday

Date: 02 Nov 2011 Category: Books
7.0 Rating
Chimeka Garrick’s debt novel Tomorrow Died Yesterday tracks four characters Doughboy, Amaibi, Kaniye and Tubo who grew up in the oil rich Niger Delta and how their lives end up as they deal with the oil companies that are the biggest force in that part of the world. The book starts in a very memorable way with the first line; “We were going to kidnap the white man at about 11:27am on a drizzling Friday morning in August.” This is Doughbo ...

I Do Not Come To You By Chance

Date: 05 May 2009 Category: Books
10.0 Rating
Have you ever gotten an email from a person you have never heard of who is promising you that they need your help to access a huge amount of money? Many of these emails usually go along the line of how they were once a member of a family of someone in a regime that has since been deposed. They are looking for a bank account to leave their ill gotten wealth and they are hoping that you would be willing to help them. I have received this type of ...

Sarah House

Date: 07 Feb 2012 Category: Books
6.0 Rating
Modern day slavery. Not the old time version where human beings were grabbed on African coasts and sent to pick cotton or to farm sugar in the New World. This new slavery is a different animal. Anyone who have been watching CNN in the last few years, in spite of the awful Christiane Amanpour and Piers Morgan, will have seen that their Freedom project to combat modern day slavery. In this version which is underground, people are kidnapped and then ...