Aminatta Forna: ‘My own books make me cry as I write – it’s pathetic’ (an...

Aminatta Forna, OBE is a Scottish and Sierra Leonean writer. She is the author of a memoir, The Devil That Danced on the Water, and four novels: Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, The Hired Man and Happiness

Book Review: The Story of My Experiments with Truth (a book review)

Anyone with even a mild interest in Gandhiji, whether from a political, social, or spiritual perspective would enjoy this book. Don’t expect to learn about India as a culture, but rather India through the eyes of one incredible man.

THE BIG BUBBLE: How Technology Makes It Harder To Understand The World (a book...

An analysis of the ways that technology has transformed the media and made it harder for people to accurately understand the world. 

The Memory of Love (a book review)

The Memory of Love is a heartbreaking story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances

A Bitter Pill to Swallow by Tiffany Gholar (a book review)

he Harrison School is not your average therapeutic boarding school. It is an ideal environment for anyone – not just students who battle with mental illness. Tiffany Gholar’s palpable descriptions of various rooms decorated in tones like amethyst purples, sapphire blues and emerald greens as well as descriptions of students having their own comfy bedrooms with medical staff always on call, made me wish this sanctuary actually existed

Woman at Point Zero (a book review)

“Woman at Point Zero” is based on a true story about a woman whose struggles to survive poverty end with her facing execution at the same prison where the author herself was held for political activism... Reading for those who wish to understand why women still suffer at the hands of men and society

The Famished Road (a book review)

Okri's novel – the first part of a trilogy – brought forward his distinctive brand of magical realism, but it also raised questions about some of the conventions of Anglo-African postcolonial writing.

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die (A book review)

Izzo presents each lesson with heartfelt responses and anecdotes from these wise elders to illustrate how living each lesson has made them fulfilled and unafraid of death. “Just be yourself” has been the advice of every parent since Polonius. Izzo found that the simple phrase, “be true to yourself,” is the first secret.

Welcome to Lagos (a book review)

Welcome to Lagos casts an entertainingly scathing eye on many aspects of Nigerian society, from oil-hungry corporations to ambitious reporters and the rivalries among ethnic groups.

Yvonne Vera

Born in 1964 in Bulawayo in what was then Southern Rhodesia, Vera’s life was cut tragically short when, in 2005, she died of meningitis aged just 40. She has come to be regarded as one of the most important sub-Saharan female novelists to have emerged in recent decades.

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