African Novels To Look Out For

Samuel Kolawole has written a list of African novels to watch out for. The full list is published HERE by TheGuardian.

Read excerpt below:

This year is looking good for African writing. We should expect new discoveries and fresh voices to emerge from the continent as there are still stories yet to be told whilst those who have already proven themselves will likely wax stronger. This is who we expect to rock

Noviolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)

We Need New Names is the lovely title of the forthcoming debut novel by Noviolet Bulawayo (pen name of Elizabeth Tshele). Noviolet won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2011 for her story Hitting Budapest

Igoni Barrett (Nigeria)

…Known for the raw energy of his prose and characters that feel alive on the page, Barrett’s new collection of stories Love Is Power, Or Something Like That is due to be published in the UK, US and Nigeria in June. I encourage you to put it on your list of must-reads for 2013.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

Celebrated novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie returns with a new novel Americanah. The title comes from the word Nigerians use for those who have left the country for the US and become “Americanised” – a borderline insult…

Mehul Gohil, Teju Cole, Beatrice Lamwaka and Nnedi Okorafor are some of the other writers listed. Read more HERE

P.S. Adichie’s Americanah will be available for sale in April, Igoni’s Love is Power, or Something Like That will be available for sale in May, while Okorafor’s Zahrah the Windseeker is currently available for sale at N500.


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