What are the best books set in South Africa?

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    #1Long Walk to Freedom

    Long Walk to Freedom

    Long Walk To Freedom is an autobiography by the Nobel Peace Prize revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. Mandela wrote the majority of it during his time in prison, and it tells of his struggles to correct the injustice done to his people.

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    Evelyn Schneider
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a good book that can put you in the shoes of Nelson Mandela since he wrote it during his stint in prison. You can see what's been going on to his people and why it's been so tough for him. "
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    #2Lucky Go Happy

    Lucky Go Happy
    Lucky Go Happy by Paul van der Merwe is an entertaining fable for adults and teens who want to achieve happiness. It is a simple tale with a huge message that teaches us how does happiness work.



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    Lori Salazar
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Focused on the theme of happiness, this book is a delight. The author details how modern society has focused on happiness as an if-then solution, rather than a consistent state of being. The author was born in South Africa and draws on some of those experiences in this book, but it's not necessarily the main focus. "
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    #3Cry, the Beloved Country

    Cry, the Beloved Country

    Originally published in 1948, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic book by South African writer Alan Paton. It tells the story of the harrowing racism that was rampant during the apartheid in South Africa.

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    Louis Ruiz
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Cry, the Beloved Country is a great novel set in South Africa. It gives us a good look at the awful events during apartheid."
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    #4Dancing in the Shadows of Love

    Dancing in the Shadows of Love
    Dancing in the Shadows of Love is a fiction and romance novel written by Judy Croome set in Southern Africa. The story follows Lulu who loses her faith in love but later finds herself trusting and loving again.
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    Eugene Crawford
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Dancing in the Shadows of Love is a great romance novel. It has an excellent setting and good characters. It is gripping and heartwarming. It is a great tale of human strength and perseverance. It has a great feel to it and a very immersive atmosphere."
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    #5A Dry White Season

    A Dry White Season

    A Dry White Season is a classic fiction and cultural novel by André Brink that tells a story of Benjamin, the racial segregation, and the apartheid present in the South African society in the mid 1900's. 

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    Robert Ortiz
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A Dry White Season is such a highly detailed novel that you get sucked in from the very beginning no matter your taste in books I'm sure you'll love this one."
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    #6My Son's Story

    My Son's Story

    My Son's Story is fictional and cultural book written by South African novelist Nadine Gordimer. This book tells a story of Sonny, a teacher, and how his illicit affair with someone else, due to political struggle, ruined his family.

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    Mildred Newman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This shows the struggles of one man.. This is set in South Africa. It has lust, love, and suspense. A great read. South Africa comes alive to the reader."
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    #7Separation

    Separation
    Separation is the debut novel of Babette Brown set in South Africa during the era of great apartheid. The story follows Jessica and her relationship with Ben amidst the atrocities brought about by the political turmoil.
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    Randy Torres
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is well reviewed and takes place in South Africa. Should be a good fit."
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    #8Whiplash

    Whiplash
    Whiplash is a South African is a feminist novel written by Tracey Farren that follows the significant turning points or miracles in the life of a Cape Town prostitute, Tess, in a form of a letter addressed to her mother.
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    Angel Sengupta
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I love that the book is written in the form of a letter. I also think its interesting to see the point of view of a prostitute"
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    #9Born a Crime

    Born a Crime
    Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is a nonfiction story that is set during the twilight of racial segregation in South Africa. It follows a restless young man and his brave mother as they both struggle to save themselves from the cruel world.
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    Edith Hernández
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Born a Crime is a very interesting book and compelling non-fictional story from Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show. I'd struggle to call it among the best in this category, but it's definitely a book that's worth your time."
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    #10UniverSoul Reflections: Poetry Collection

    UniverSoul Reflections: Poetry Collection
    UniverSoul Reflections: Poetry Collection is a collection 5 published and 6 unpublished literary works of Peter Mutanda,  an activist who questions racial bigotry,  political turmoil, and the maladies infecting the lives of Africans.


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    Gary Elliott
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If political and historical tales and commentary set in a poetry type narrative and about South Africa, and you can ignore recent political events in the region, I think this is a well rounded work with great writing and imagery."
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    #11The Power of One

    The Power of One
    The Power of One is a fictional and a cultural story set in Southern Africa written by Bryce Courtenay. The story follows an abandoned boy, Peekay, and his epic journey towards transforming lives amidst the apartheid.

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    Joy Huang
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I am not thrilled with the poetry inserts in this book, but I do not like poetry, if you do it may be right up your ally."
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    #12Birds of Africa: From Seabirds to Seed-Eaters

    Birds of Africa: From Seabirds to Seed-Eaters

    Birds of Africa: From Seabirds to Seed-Eaters is a study book written by Chris Stuart and Tilde Stuart. it was released in November 1999. It is about the lives and habits of more than 2000 types of African birds.

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    Joe Murray
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a neither a field guide nor an academic tome, intended as an introduction to the birds of Africa, not as an in-depth study. Its best feature are the beautiful photographs one can find on every page. While there are bigger, better and more comprehensive books and encyclopedias on the matter, none of them give as much bang for their buck."
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    #13Tomorrow to Be Brave

    Tomorrow to Be Brave

    Tomorrow to Be Brave is a non-fiction book written by Susan Travers and Taylor Holden wherein she talks about her life from childhood to join the Free French forces at the outbreak of World War II.

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    Henry Gutierrez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This was a terrific read. I can't even stress enough how great it covers WW2 in South Africa. I feel like there aren't many books that focus on this. "
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    #14Twenty Chickens For A Saddle

    Twenty Chickens For A Saddle

    Twenty Chickens For A Saddle is a nonfiction biography book written by Robyn Scott. This nonfiction biography book was published on April 15, 2008 by Penguin Canada.

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    Tammy Thomas
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Told from a child's point of view about growing up in Africa with some extraordinary people, this book is full of unforgettable characters. Robyn Scott tells the story of her childhood in such a realistic, humorous and insightful way that it makes you feel like you are a member of the family and right there with her. "
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    #15Saturday Is for Funerals

    Saturday Is for Funerals

    Saturday Is for Funerals is a nonfiction book written by Unity Dow and Max Essex. This nonfiction book was published on May 3, 2010 by Harvard University Press.

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    Gary Diaz
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you are looking for a book that is set in South Africa, give Saturday Is for Funerals a read. The characters are very loving and will make you see the world through their eyes."
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    #16Say You're One of Them

    Say You're One of Them

    Say You're One of Them is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Uwem Akpan which is about an eight-year-old named Jigana, and a Kenyan boy whose 12-year-old sister, Maisha, works as a prostitute to support her family. 

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    Lawrence Lawrence
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book was released in 2008 and has quickly become a touchstone for modern books set in South Africa. It tells stories of poverty and violence through the eyes of an eight-year-old narrator."
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    #17The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu (Detective Kubu)

    The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu (Detective Kubu)

    The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu is a fictional mystery novel written by Michael Stanley. This fictional mystery novel was published on June 2, 2009 by Harper.

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    Beverly Stewart
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is such a great little read for those of us who like the detective series and murder mysteries type books. I found it an extra bonus that the setting was beautiful Zimbabwe, as I have quite a few friends from there! ha ha! It was like traveling there without the heavy price tag. The author's writing is so vivid that it is easy to get immersed in the sights, scenery and the story! Great quick read for a lazy weekend! "
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    #18Iron Butterfly: A Novel of Africa

    Iron Butterfly: A Novel of Africa

    Iron Butterfly: A Novel of Africa is a historical fiction written by Clara Whaley Perkins. Published in 2011, Iron Butterfly focuses on the kidnapping of the female Paramount Chief from Sierra Leone.

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    Paul Stanley
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book is a good read for anyone interesting in settings in South Africa. I would purchase this book if it followed my interests but it actually does not. "
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    #19The Garbage King

    The Garbage King

    The Garbage King is a standalone young adult realistic fiction novel by Elizabeth Laird which is inspired by the true to life story of an African child.

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    Rogelio Bravo
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The Garbage King is moderately good read for some people but for me I would go with a different book on this topic. Several things around that cover this online without buying anything or getting a book in general."
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    #20Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

    Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

    Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina is a memoir by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince. Published in 2014, Taking Flight narrates the author's experiences regarding her escape from Sierra Leone to her rise as star ballerina.

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    Patricia Davis
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is an amazing, moving story that should be the subject of every middle and high-school girl's biography project. Michaela's determination and passion is as awe-inspiring as her beauty. She is born and the story begins in South Africa but moves to the US at age 8."
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    #21The Shadow of the Sun

    The Shadow of the Sun
    The Shadow of the Sun is a nonfiction autobiography book written by Ryszard Kapuscinski, published on April 9, 2001 by Vintage. It follows the story of Ryszard Kapuscinski and his struggle against the ethnic genocide.
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    Michael Schmidt
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "When I first read The Shadow of the Sun I couldn't help but be blown away by the political and cultural scope of Kapuscinski's vision of Africa. As an exchange student in Cape Town, I sometimes forget the painful historical legacy of the country disguised amid the modern expanse of the city. Although the book doesn't focus on just one geographical region of the continent, the stories it tells are easily generalizable. "
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    #22Beneath the Lion's Gaze

    Beneath the Lion's Gaze

    Beneath the Lion's Gaze is a fiction book written by Maaza Mengiste which centers on the story of a father and his two sons fighting for their freedom.

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    Nicolás Anaya
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Synopsis is okay, but it could have been stretch out more. An extra sentence or two could have flesh out what the book is about."

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Best What are the best books set in South Africa
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Long Walk to FreedomBooks 30 Paid
2Lucky Go HappyBooks 27 Paid
3Cry, the Beloved CountryBooks 26 Paid
4Dancing in the Shadows of LoveBooks 25 Paid
5A Dry White SeasonBooks 23 Paid
6My Son's StoryBooks 21 Paid
7SeparationBooks 20 Paid
8WhiplashBooks 18 Paid
9Born a CrimeBooks 18 Paid
10UniverSoul Reflections: Poetry CollectionBooks 15 Paid
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