Following a phenomenally successful 2021 for African writers, this year is also shaping up as another bumper harvest. Gail Collins reviews works from seasoned pens as well as those fresh to publication.
In his first novel in 47 years, Wole Soyinka is back to his unique style, with an unflinching look at the often absurd complexities of life in Nigeria that is also a rollicking whodunit.
The First Woman by Jennifer Makumbi is a beautiful book for women, about women, that should be read by all men who would like to understand women.
Part poem and part workbook, Son of the Nile by Teddy Warria captivates us with a rich tapestry of the Kenyan entrepreneur’s colourful life, says reviewer Anne Pratt.
David Diop’s novel gives a merciless yet poignant insight into the experience of West Africans who served, died or had their lives changed forever in the brutal trenches of World War I. Review by Gail Collins.
This novel by Kenyan poet, author and literary scholar Mukoma Wa Ngugi is the perfect balance between an appealing story, characters you like beyond their flaws and a feast of learning. Review by Gail Collins.