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Recommended books (6)
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 Somalia. 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.

1.

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Somalia flag Somalia
Description:
The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live... continue
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Recommended: 25 May 2022
2.

From a crooked rib by Nuruddin Farah EN

Rating: 2.5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Somalia flag Somalia
Description:
Written with complete conviction from a woman's point of view, Nuruddin Farah's spare, shocking first novel savagely attacks the traditional values of his people yet is also a haunting celebration of the unbroken human spirit. Ebla, an orphan of eighteen, runs away from her nomadic encampment in rural Somalia when she discovers that her grandfather has promised her in marriage to an older man. But even after her escape to Mogadishu, she finds herself as powerless and dependent on men as she was out in the bush. As she is propelled through servitude, marriage, poverty, and violence, Ebla has to... continue
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Recommended: 02 Jan 2018
3.

Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah EN

Rating: 3.5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Somalia flag Somalia
Description:
When Bella, an internationally known fashion photographer, dazzling and aloof, is forced to return to Nairobi to care for her teenage niece and nephew, she feels an unfamiliar surge of protectiveness and responsibility. But when their mother unexpectedly resurfaces, reasserting her maternal rights and bringing with her a gale of chaos and confusion that mirrors the deepening political instability in the region, Bella must decide whether she can – or must – come to their rescue.
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Recommended: 27 Aug 2022
4.

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali EN

Rating: 4.5     104 Votes
Country: Africa / Somalia flag Somalia
Description:
The author of The Caged Virgin recounts the story of her life, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia and escape from a forced marriage to her efforts to promote women's rights while surviving numerous threats to her safety. 75,000 first printing.
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Recommended: 25 May 2022
5.

The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed EN

Rating: 4     4 Votes
Country: Africa / Somalia flag Somalia
Description:
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021 SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2021 'Chilling and utterly compelling, The Fortune Men shines an essential light on a much-neglected period of our national life' Sathnam Sanghera, author of Empireland Mahmood Mattan is a fixture in Cardiff's Tiger Bay, 1952, which bustles with Somali and West Indian sailors, Maltese businessmen and Jewish families. He is a father, chancer, some-time petty thief. He is many things, in fact, but he is not a murderer. So when a shopkeeper is brutally killed and all eyes fall on him, Mahmood isn't too worried. It is true... continue
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022
6.

The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Somalia flag Somalia
Description:
From the author of The Fortune Men, longlisted for The Booker Prize 2021... 'From Somaliland's bitter past blooms a moving and mature novel of conflict and survival' Independent It is 1988 and Hargeisa waits. Whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds but still the dictatorship remains secure. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see Somalia fall. Nine-year-old Deqohas left the vast refugee camp she was born in, lured to the city by the promise of her first pair of shoes. Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined... continue
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

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