Africa Reading List
Africa Reading List

Africa Reading List

Africa Reading List

As we have mentioned in previous posts, Graeme has had a lifelong interest in the continent of Africa.  Particularly, it’s history, exploration, peoples, culture,  and colonization.  His passion has only been fueled by our visits to this wonderfully diverse country.  I consider him our in-house expert.

Although I have read several of the books below, the bulk of the reading has been done by Graeme.  He often gives me a play-by-play of what he’s reading, so I feel as if I experienced many of them.  Some of our favorites are books by African voices about topics other than the continent.

If you have a book that we need to add to our list send us a message, we would love to read it.  And if you’ve read any of the ones on our list tell us what you thought.


Books We’ve Read

  • The Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley
  • The Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten
  • Into Africa:  The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emery
  • A Hunters Wanderings in Africa by Frederick Selous
  • The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison

Up Next on our List

  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • The Famished Road by Ben Okri to Paradise by Ousman Umar
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Gods Children are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu
  • Africa: A Biography of the Continent by John Reader
  • Tea, Scones and Malaria by Katlynn Brooke
  • Cries of the Savannah: An Adventure by Sue Tidwell
  • Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
  • Africa is Not a Country by Dipo Faloyin
  • First Footsteps in East Africa by Sir Richard Francis Burton