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Recommended books (12)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Africa Challenge" were written by authors from Kenya. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Betrayal in the City by Francis Imbuga EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
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Betrayal in the City, first published in 1976 and 1977, was Kenya's national entry to the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture in Lagos, Nigeria. The play is an incisive, thought-provoking examination of the problems of independence and freedom in post-colonial African states, where a sizeable number of people feel that their future is either blank or bleak. In the words of Mosese, one of the characters: "It was better while we waited. Now we have nothing to look forward to. We have killed our past and are busy killing our future."--Page 4 of cover
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Recommended: 03 Jan 2018

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Birth of a Dream Weaver : A Writer's Awakening by Ngugi Wa Thiong EN

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Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
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From one of the world's greatest writers, the story of how the author found his voice as a novelist at Makerere University in Uganda as a student In this acclaimed memoir, Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda--crucial years during which he found his voice as a journalist, short story writer, playwright, and novelist just as colonial empires were crumbling and new nations were being born--under the shadow of the rivalries, intrigues, and assassinations of the Cold War. Haunted by the memories of the carnage and mass incarcera... continue
Recommended: 04 Sep 2022

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Dreams in a Time of War : A Childhood Memoir by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
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Recounts the story of the author's childhood, covering his early years in World War II-era Kenya as the fifth child of a third wife, his thirst for learning that singled him out, and the political struggles that shaped his life.
Tags: Set in KENYA
Recommended: 10 Jan 2023

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One Day I Will Write about This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina EN

Rating: 3.8     6 Votes
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
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Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him.This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colourful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlour, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson - all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own. In this vivid and compelling debut, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his failed attempt to study in South Africa, a moving family... continue
Recommended: 05 Sep 2022

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Secret Lives and Other Stories by Ngūgī wa Thiong'o EN

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Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
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'One of the greatest writers of our time' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Ngugi wa Thiong'o is renowned for his political novels and plays, yet he honed his craft as a short story writer. First published in 1975, Secret Lives and Other Stories brings together a range of Ngugi's political short stories. From tales of the meeting between magic and superstition, to stories about the modernising forces of colonialism, and the pervasive threat of nature, this collection celebrates the storytelling might of one of Africa's best-loved writers.
Recommended: 01 Aug 2020

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Something Torn and New : An African Renaissance by Ngugi wa Thiong EN

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Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
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Recommended: 07 Sep 2022

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The Challenge for Africa by Wangari Maathai EN

Rating: 3.5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
Description:
In this groundbreaking work, the Nobel Peace Prize-winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement offers a new perspective on the troubles facing Africa today. Too often these challenges are portrayed by the media in extreme terms connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Wangari Maathai, the author of Unbowed, sees things differently, and here she argues for a moral revolution among Africans themselves. Illuminating the complex and dynamic nature of the continent, Maathai offers “hardheaded hope” and “realistic options” for change and improvement. She deftly describes what Africans can a... continue
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Recommended: 06 Jan 2018

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Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris EN

Rating: 4     23 Votes
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A shining portrait of a presciently modern political genius maneuvering in a gilded age of wealth, optimism, excess and American global ascension.”—San Francisco Chronicle WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY • “[Theodore Rex] is one of the great histories of the American presidency, worthy of being on a shelf alongside Henry Adams’s volumes on Jefferson and Madison.”—Times Literary Supplement Theodore Rex is the story—never fully told before—of Theodore Roosevelt’s two world-changing terms as President of the United States. A hundred years befo... continue
Recommended: 22 Oct 2022

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Things They Lost by Okwiri Oduor EN

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Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya
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Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

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We Are The Water People by Troy Onyango EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Kenya flag Kenya


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