Books about Africa

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Dredged through the books in our "library" - some from our university and teaching days, some more recent reads! - to put together a suggested reading list. Some heavy, some light; some serious, some hilarious; some old, some current! Sample Image Sample Image Active Image


South Africa : A Modern History – T. R. H. Davenport

The State of Africa - Martin Meredith (Jonathan Ball, 2005)

The Scramble for Africa – Thomas Pakenham (Jonathan Ball, 1991)

Soweto : Black Revolt, White Reaction - John Kane-Berman (Ravan, 1978)

Tomorrow is Another Country – Allister Sparks (Struik, 1994)

Beyond the Miracle - Allister Sparks (Jonathan Ball, 2003)

Cape Town in the Twentieth Century - Vivien Bickford-Smith, Elizabeth van Heyningen and Nigel Worden (David Philip, 1999)

Robert Mugabe : Power, Plunder and Tyranny in Zimbabwe - Martin Meredith (Jonathan Ball, 2002)


Out of Africa – Karen Blixen (Penguin, 1979)

Commando : A Boer Journal of the Boer War – Deneys Reitz (Faber, 1975)

The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist - Breyten Breytenbach (Taurus, 1984)

A Passage to Africa – George Alagiah

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight – Alexandra Fuller (Picador, 2002)

Mukiwa – Peter Godwin

My Traitor’s Heart – Riaan Malan (Vintage, 1990)

The Lost World of the Kalahari – Laurens van der Post (Penguin, 1986)

Cry of the Kalahari – Mark & Delia Owens (Houghton and Mifflin, 1984)

Country of My Skull – Antjie Krog (Jonathan Cape, 1998)

The Sheltering Desert – Henno Martin (Two Books, 2002)

Pale Native – Max du Preez (Zebra Press, 2003)

The Trouble with Africa : Stories from a Safari Camp – Vic Guhrs (Penguin, 2004)



Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Paton (Penguin Modern Classics, 1981)

Too Late the Phalarope – Alan Paton (Penguin, 1971)

The Story of an African Farm – Olive Schreiner (Penguin Classics, 1986)

The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing (Granada, 1981)

Selected Stories – Herman Charles Bosman (Human and Rousseau, 1980)

A Dry White Season – Andre P. Brink

Burger’s Daughter – Nadine Gordimer (Penguin, 1978)

Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee (Vintage, 2000)

In the Heart of the Country – J. M. Coetzee (Ravan Press, 1977)

Power of One – Bryce Courtenay

The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs – Damon Galgut (Abacus, 1992)

The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena – Elsa Joubert (Coronet, 1980)

Like Water in Wild Places – Pamela Jooste (Black Swan, 2000)

Middlepost - Antony Sher (Sceptre, 1988)

Night Jasmine Man – David Lambkin (Viking, 2002)

The Covenant – James Mitchener (Corgi, 1981)

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith (and rest of the series) (Abacus, 2007)



Birds of Southern Africa – Kenneth Newman (Struik, 2002)

The Wildlife of Southern Africa – Vincent Carruthers (ed.) (Southern Book Publishers, 1997)

Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa - Chris and Tilde Stuart (Struik, 2007)

Wild Ways : Field Guide to the Behaviour of Southern African Mammals - Peter Apps (Southern Book Publishers, 1992)

Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Braam and Piet Van Wyk (Struik, 1997)

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving (Struik, 2004)

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Graham Alexander and Johan Marais (Struik, 2007)

Safari : A Chronicle of Adventure – Bartle Bull (Penguin, 1992)

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