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Always Another Country

Author: Sisonke Msimang

Language: English

Summary: “Brutally and uncompromisingly honest, Sisonke’s beautifully crafted storytelling enriches the already extraordinary pool of young African women writers of our time.” ―Graça Machel, widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Continue reading “Always Another Country”

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In the Shadow of Man

Author: Jane Goodall

Language: English


World-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall’s account of her life among the wild chimpanzees of Gombe is one of the most enthralling stories of animal behavior ever written.

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Author: Danilo Deninotti, Giorgio Fontana, Lucio Ruvidotti Language: Italian Summary: La classica immagine del Kenya è quella di un paradiso, il luogo ideale per una vacanza. Ma dentro questo sogno c’è un incubo. A Nairobi, la capitale, oltre metà della popolazione è concentrata nelle baraccopoli e vive in condizioni estreme di miseria e abbandono. Al di sotto della dignità umana. Deninotti, Fontana e Ruvidotti hanno fatto … Continue reading Lamiere

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Circling the sun

Author: Paula McLain

Language: English

Summary: Set in 1920s colonial Kenya, Circling the Sun is about an unforgettable woman who lives by nobody’s rules but her own. She was a daughter of Edwardian England, transplanted to Kenya as a young girl by parents who dreamed of life on an African farm. But by the time Beryl Markham was sixteen, that dream had fallen apart. Catapulted into a disastrous marriage, she emerged from its wreckage with one idea: to take charge of her own destiny.  – Source: ExpatNest

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Rules of the wild, a beautiful novel on Africa

Rules of the wild is Francesca Marciano’s first novel.   It is a pity this book is no longer in print, because despite having been written almost twenty years ago, I believe it talks about Africa in a way that still applies today. Especially when it comes to describe the white community’s moods and dynamics, and what it means to find one’s place as a white foreign person … Continue reading Rules of the wild, a beautiful novel on Africa

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Rules of the wild

Author: Francesca Marciano

Language: English

Summary: A mesmerizing novel of love and nostalgia set in the vast spaces of contemporary East Africa.
Romantic, often resonantly ironic, moving and wise, Rules of the Wild transports us to a landscape of unsurpassed beauty even as it gives us a sharp-eyed portrait of a closely knit tribe of cultural outsiders: the expatriates living in Kenya today. Challenged by race, by class, and by a longing for home, here are “safari boys” and samaritans, reporters bent on their own fame, travelers who care deeply about elephants but not at all about the people of Africa. They all know each other.

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