What are the best books from the African Writers Series?

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    #1Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.

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    Mildred Boyd
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book and I can't recommend it enough. This whole trilogy really takes the conflict between the Nigerians and the colonial British and really exposes it in a way that makes it feel really relateable, like you really feel for the characters and what they're going through. It's a great series and I can't recommend it enough."
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    #2On Trial for My Country

    On Trial for My Country

    On Trial for My Country is a cultural fiction novel by Stanlake Samkange which takes a close look at Cecil Rhodes and his dispute with Lobengula, the Matebele King. It was published in 1967 by Heinemann Educational Books.

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    Hugo Navarro
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "These writers are honestly much better then i originally expected. I decided to read this since i was bored on the train and was pleasantly surprised with what i found. "
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    #3A Grain of Wheat

    A Grain of Wheat

    A Grain of Wheat is a cultural fiction novel by Ngugi wa Thiong'o which is set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and follows a group of villagers who have been affected by the 1952-1960 Emergency. It was published in 1994 by Heinemann.

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    José Juan Mondragón
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I've found that there is no better way to understand Africa than to read books written by actual Africans. Lots of westerners write on the topic, but there are things they can never understand as well as a local. This novel really explores the effects of the Mau Mau rebellion on Kenya and how it had an effect on the natives. It's searing and powerful."
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    #4Second Class Citizen

    Second Class Citizen

    Second Class Citizen is a novel by Buchi Emecheta. Originally published in 1974, it portrays the lives of contemporary Nigerians by telling the story of a Nigerian woman who migrated to England with her children.
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    Ana María Castellanos
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I wanted to find the best books from the African Writers Series. I found Second Class Citizen. It's a novel by Buchi Emecheta from 1974. It talks about the lives of contemporary Nigerians. It tells the story of a woman from Nigeria who migrated to England with her kids. It's a story full of love, laughs, and heartbreak. Strongly recommended!"
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    #5The Healers

    The Healers

    The Healers is a realistic novel written by renowned author Ayi Kwei Armah. It was originally published in 2000. It is about the conflict and the healing of toxic ignorance among Africans.

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    Muhammad Chauhan
    Written on May 9, 2018
    ""The Healer" is hypnotic. I was blasted into this ornate African world. Being immersed made me feel some of the great pains related to this time. This would be a great mandatory high school book due to perspective."
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    #6The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born

    The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
    The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born is a realistic historical fiction novel written by Ayi Kwei Armah. It was first published in October 1989 and is a part of the African Writers Series. It is set during the bloody periods in Ghana's history.
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    Walter Hart
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love reading books that come from the very compelling African Writers Series. These stories are always very touching, so I love to read them when I can. With The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, I feel transported to the war-torn area of Ghana during their struggles and dealings with political strife. This is a wonderful story that helps you understand what life in Ghana was like back then. "
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    #7Arrow of God (The African Trilogy)

    Arrow of God (The African Trilogy)

    Arrow of God is a 1964 historical fiction novel by acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It is his third novel and the final book in the African trilogy, succeeding Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease.

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    George Carr
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I love this series! This sit he first and it sets things up expertly. A really great read. I'm really into African culture, and I love the Western perspective of adding a hero/protagonist as African. You don't see it as much and it's a great gateway for people to learn about another culture. But all that aside, it's just a simply interesting ride form page one!"
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    #8No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy)

    No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy)
    No Longer At Ease is a historical fiction novel by renowned author Chinua Achebe. It is the second book in the African trilogy, following Things Fall Apart and succeeded by Arrow of God.
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    Brandon Sullivan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy) is an excellent book from a well known and talented African writer. This historical fiction book will keep you fascinated throughout and provide countless hours of entertainment. Highly recommended to everyone interested in this genre. "
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    #9Season Of Migration to the North

    Season Of Migration to the North

    Season Of Migration to the North is a cultural fiction novel by Tayeb Salih which follows the narrator, a young man who returns to his village along the Nile after years of study in Europe. It was published in 1970 by Heinemann.

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    Frances Webb
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is beautifully written and when reading it, it gives you a sense of actually learning about something and I found that that was such a beautiful concept. The cover is incredibly eye grabbing as well and is a sure sign of just how beautiful the actual writing is."
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    #10The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

    The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
    The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is an autobiography by Olaudah Equiano, a Nigerian abolitionist. First published in 1789, it tells the story of how he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
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    Shreyas Rodrigues
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #11Half of a Yellow Sun

    Half of a Yellow Sun
    Half of a Yellow Sun is a historical fiction novel by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Set in the now-defunct Republic of Biafra, it tells the story of five people as they fight to keep their nation alive.
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    Jesse Tucker
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Every single African achievement relates to political rights, if not athletics. There are no books celebrating true achievements by blacks, because there are none. There are no black inventions or innovations. There is just an endless fight."
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    #12Red Dust Road

    Red Dust Road

    Red Dust Road is an autobiographical novel written by Jackie Kay. Originally published in 2010, it tells the story of a woman and her search for her biological parents: a Scottish nurse and a Nigerian student.

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    Daniel McDonald
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Red Dust Road is a fantastic novel coming from the underdog Jackie Kay. Every line is extremely poetic and wonderful. My wife and I were looking for a good African writer to read in honor of Black History Month and we stumbled upon this in the book store. It is a riveting tale and the best part is that it is all true! This autobiography will rock you to your core. It is positively excellent!"
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    #13The Housemaid

    The Housemaid

    The Housemaid is a dramatic realistic novel for young adults written by novelist Amma Darko. It was originally released in 1999. It is about seven women in a story filled with ignorance, greed, corruption, and superstition.

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    Juan Larson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "It was only rated by three people and they gave it 4 of 5 rating so I woill do the same"

Summary

Best What are the best books from the African Writers Series
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 43 Paid
2On Trial for My Country Books 39 Paid
3A Grain of WheatBooks 35 Paid
4Second Class CitizenBooks 34 Paid
5The HealersBooks 27 Paid
6The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet BornBooks 11 Paid
7Arrow of God (The African Trilogy)Books 9 Paid
8No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy)Books 9 Paid
9Season Of Migration to the North Books 6 Paid
10The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah EquianoBooks 4 Paid
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