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.
Released last month in the UK (and later this month in the USA and Nigeria) by Penguin Press, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra is the latest book from renowned Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, Achebe’s memoir about the brutal three-year Biafran war is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and forty years of research and reflection.