Fiction Fridays: stories from the African continent and diaspora

After a two week hiatus, here are reviews of several short stories I have read these past few weeks. All three stories are written by women from the African continent – specifically Zimbabwe, Nigeria and South Africa – and all deal with family conflict, the complexity of spoken and unspoken communication.
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Fiction Fridays

I’ve worked my way through several novels since the start of this year, and unfortunately they have all been somewhat lacklustre. They haven’t been bad exactly, just not particularly good. Finally, I have finished a rather epic tome that was wonderful, so here is a review. In addition, at the end I share a quick review of two short stories I read this week which I absolutely loved.  Continue reading

Best non-fiction of 2015

For my favourite fiction books of the year, go here.

I have always enjoyed reading non-fiction, particularly history books, memoirs, biographies and socio-political analysis. These are my favourite five from 2015 (in no particular order).

Rape: A South African Nightmare by Pumla Gqola
Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend by Arianna Stassinopoulos
The Dressing Station by Jonathan Kaplan
Goodbye Sarajevo by Akta Reid and Hana Schofield
Seminary Boy by John Cornwell

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Best fiction of 2015

For my favourite non-fiction books of 2015, go here.

At the start of this year, I aimed to read at least 60 books (a goal I reached in October). Looking back on my reading choices for 2015, I meandered through several genres, including science fiction, mysteries, political thrillers, historical fiction and contemporary fiction. In no particular order, here are five books I enjoyed reading in 2015. Don’t worry, no spoilers!

The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S.  Tepper
The Wide World Trilogy by Robert Goddard
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Granta Book of the African Short Story edited by Helon Habila
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

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2014 in African fiction: 5 reviews

In March 2014, I started tracking my reading for the first time. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time, but had never quite managed to get it together which is rather odd given my tendency to be a compulsive list maker. Here are five books that I read for the first time in 2014, and a brief review of each (no spoilers). All five of them are highly recommended.

Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko
The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo
Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda
Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso
Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

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