For our October 2013 book giveaway competition, we are pleased to select Yejide Kilanko’s debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path (first published in 2012 by Penguin). A 2012 Africa Book Club Book of the Year choice, Daughters Who Walk This Path tells the story of Morayo, a spirited and intelligent girl who grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.
Readers will love our choice for this month’s book giveaway competition. Originally published in South Africa by Jacana Media in 2010 (and internationally in 2011 by Angry Robot), Zoo City (by Lauren Beukes) won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke award for the best science-fiction novel in the U.K.
This month, we are excited to feature Aminatta Forna’s award-winning book, The Memory of Love, for our monthly book giveaway competition. A 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Winner and shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, The Memory of Love, has been hailed as a book of rare beauty and importance.
For our July book giveaway competition, we head out to North Africa. This month’s selection is a book by Moroccan author Laila Lalami. Published in 2010 and nominated for the Orange Prize, Secret Son is a powerful story that looks at the struggle for identity, the need for love and family, and the desperation that grips ordinary lives in a world divided by class, politics, and religion.
Our choice for June is Patchwork, an award-winning novel by Zambian author, Ellen Banda-Aaku. Published by Penguin, the book won the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing (fiction) when it first came out in 2010.
Pumpkin, the young girl at the center of the story is destined from birth to inhabit two very different worlds – that of her father, the wealthy Joseph Sakavungo, and that of her mother, his mistress. This emotive tale takes us to the heart of a young girl’s attempts to come to terms with her own identity and fashion a future for herself from the patchwork of the life she was born into. Beautifully constructed, warm and wise, this is a novel that will transport the reader to a world in which we can all become more of the sum of our parts.
Weaving together the stories of three generations of women, this novel is a patchwork of love, jealousy and human frailty set against a backdrop of war and political ambition. It is a remarkable journey that takes us deep into the heart of a family both fractured and bound together by their love for one man.
Enter our May 2013 book giveaway competition to win a copy of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (By Ishmael Beah). In this gripping memoir, Ishmael Beah tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.
For the month of April 2013, we are excited to be giving away two copies of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria, the debut novel from Noo Saro-Wiwa, daughter of the slain Nigerian writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Our selection for the month of March is There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, the recent book released by legendary Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. Published by the Penguin Press, this long-awaited memoir revisits the Nigeria civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict pitted the Nigerian federal government against the breakaway state of Biafra. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid firsthand observation and decades of further research and reflection, There Was a Country is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe’s place as one of the great literary and moral voices of our age. Enter this month’s competition for a chance to win a copy of Chinua Achebe’s latest book.
Our choice for February book of the month is Ugandan author Doreen Baingana’s multiple award winning debut, Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe
In this fiction debut, Baingana follows a Ugandan girl as she navigates the uncertain terrain of adolescence. Set mostly in pastoral Entebbe with stops in the cities Kampala and Los Angeles, Tropical Fish depicts the reality of life for Christine Mugisha and her family after Idi Amin’s dictatorship.
To kick off 2013, we are giving away a copy of one of our all-time favorites, Camara Laye’s The Dark Child (also titled The African Child in other editions). In this memoir, which is widely regarded as a classic of African literature, Laye writes about his youth and growing up in the village of Koroussa, French Guinea. He marvels over his mother’s supernatural powers, his father’s distinction as the village goldsmith, and his own passage into manhood.