Fifteen Years of African Writing

For the last 15 years, the Caine Prize for African Writing has been introducing us to some brilliant emerging writers. We've picked a selection of books by authors who have been on the shortlist: from Ngugi Wa Thiong’o's memoir of colonialism, to Helon Habila's taut thriller, to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Baileys Prize-nominated Americanah. It's as diverse a selection of writing as you would expect from a prize that takes in an entire continent - and happily, there's a diverse selection of cover design as well.

Oil on Water

Helon Habila

From the publisher:

From the desks of Nigeria’s newsrooms, two journalists are recruited to find the kidnapped wife of a British oil engineer. Zaq, an infamous media hack, knows what’s in ...


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

From the publisher:

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEY’S WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION ‘A delicious, important novel’ The Times ‘Alert, alive and gripping’ Independent ...

We Need New Names

NoViolet Bulawayo

From the publisher:

Nobody wants to be rags of countries like Congo, like Somalia, like Iraq, like Sudan, like Haiti and not even this one we live in – who wants to be a terrible place of ...

Sleeper’s Wake

Alistair Morgan

From the publisher:

Forty-six-year-old John Wraith regains consciousness after a car accident to learn that his wife and five-year-old daughter died in the same accident. What is all the more ...