Historical fiction genre books (44)

The Hundred Wells of Salaga

The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Ghana flag Ghana
Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that turns her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father's court. These two women's lives converge as infighting among Wurche's people threatens the region, during the height of the slave trade at the end of the 19th century.Set in pre-colonial Ghana, The Hundred Wells of Salaga is a story of courage, forgiveness, love and freedom. Through the experiences of Aminah and Wurche, it offers a remarkable view... continue
Recommended: 15 Nov 2022


The King of Kahel by Tierno Monénembo, Nicholas Elliott EN

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Country: Africa / Guinea flag Guinea
The story is loosely inspired by the life of Olivier de Sanderval, who, intent on becoming an explorer for most of his life, finally set sale for Africa in 1879 after turning 40. As Monenembo tells it, once there he recruits a crew of Senegalese infantryment and travels to Fouta Djallon, a land he desperately wants to rule. He learns local customs that will aid him in his quest to govern. During the following years of conquests and re-conquests, Sanderval never loses his taste for European luxury and moves between Africa and France, where he publishes books on his experience and struggles to c... continue
Recommended: 28 Feb 2022


The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah EN

Rating: 4.4     18 Votes
Country: Africa / Mauritius flag Mauritius
Raj is oblivious to the Second World War being fought beyond his tiny exotic island. His mother is his sole company while his father works as a prison guard, so the boy thinks only of making friends. One day, from the far-away world, a ship brings to the island Jewish exiles who have been refused entry to Israel. David, a recently orphaned boy of his own age from Prague, becomes the friend that he has longed for, and Raj takes it upon himself to help David to escape from the prison. As they flee through sub-tropical forests and devastating storms, the boys battle hunger and malaria - and forge... continue
Recommended: 22 Mar 2022

The Lovers of Algeria

The Lovers of Algeria : A Novel by Anouar Benmalek EN

Rating: 3.5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
When Anna, an elderly Swiss woman, asks nine-year-old street urchin Jallal to accompany her to the mountains so she can locate the lost lover and pray over the graves of her murdered offspring, he agrees, and the two set off on a dangerous journey into the heart of Algeria. Original.
Recommended: 26 Dec 2022


The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Somalia flag Somalia
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


The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay EN

Rating: 4     94 Votes
“The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama.” –The New York Times “Unabashedly uplifting . . . asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence–‘the power of one’–can prevail.” –Cleveland Plain Dealer In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives ... continue


The Scent of Burnt Flowers : A Novel by Blitz Bazawule EN

Rating: 3.5     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Ghana flag Ghana
Fleeing persecution in 1960s America, a Black couple seeks asylum in Ghana, but fresh dangers and old secrets threaten their newfound freedom in this hypnotic debut novel. “I am truly blown away by this novel.”—Jacqueline Woodson, New York Times bestselling author of Red at the Bone When the windshield of his Chevy Impala shatters in a dark diner parking lot in Alabama, Melvin moves without thinking. A split-second reaction marrows in his bones from the days of war, but this time it is the safety of his fiancé, Bernadette, at stake. Impulse keeps them alive, and yet they flee with blood on the... continue


The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste EN

Rating: 3     5 Votes
Country: Africa / Ethiopia flag Ethiopia
A gripping novel set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster’s household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. His initial kindness to Hirut shifts into a flinty cruelty when she resists his advances, and Hirut finds... continue
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra EN

Rating: 4     25 Votes
Country: Africa / Algeria flag Algeria
Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples to offer an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.
Recommended: 17 Apr 2023

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