Novels

  • Hiding in Plain Sight

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    From one of the world’s most important and acclaimed novelists comes a provocative and unforgettable new novel about family, freedom…

    by Nuruddin Farah
  • The Concubine

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    Ihuoma, a beautiful young widow, has the admiration of the entire community in which she lives, and especially of the…

    by Elechi Amadi
  • Cat Eyes

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    Cat Eyes is the story of Pededoo, a country boy, who struggles to maintain a civil relationship with his father…

    by Pever X
  • The Story of Maha

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    The child of a forbidden marriage, Maha grows up happily in Cape Town until her world changes forever when her…

    by Sumayya Lee
  • Born On A Tuesday

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    Dantala lives in Bayan Layi, Nigeria and studies in a Sufi Quranic school. By chance he meets gang leader Banda,…

    by Elnathan John
  • Harare North

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    When he lands in Harare North, our unnamed protagonist carries nothing but a cardboard suitcase full of memories and a…

  • The Cockroach Dance

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    First published in 1979, The Cockroach Dance by Meja Mwangi is the dramatic story of one man’s fight against injustice and…

    by Meja Mwangi
  • Magistrate of Gower [hardback]

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    ‘In the end, you could choose to say no more than this: that in the high summer of 1938, in…

  • The Fishermen

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    Nine-year-old Benjamin is the youngest of four brothers. They live in the rocky hills of Akure. When their civil servant…

    by Chigozie Obioma
  • Gold of our Fathers [hardback]

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    Darko Dawson, Chief Inspector in the Ghana police service, returns in this atmospheric crime series often compared to Alexander McCall…

  • The Bushtrackers

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    Ex-ranger Johnny Kimathi just wanted to lead a quiet married life away from all the violence, but they wouldn't let…

    by Meja Mwangi
  • Across the Bridge

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    Across the Bridge by Mwangi Gicheru narrates the story of two young lovers, Chuma and Caroline Wambui, whose social and economic…

    by Mwangi Gicheru
  • The Power of One

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    In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South…

  • Sugar Street

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    "Sugar Street "is the final novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz's magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial…

    by Naguib Mahfouz

Anthologies & Short Story Collections

  • Hekaya za Abunuwasi na Hadithi Nyingine

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    Hekaya za Abunuwas na Hadithi Nyingine ni mkusanyo wa hadithi za kusisimua. Hadithi zilizomo zimesimuliwa kwa ucheshi wa hali ya juu. Hadithi…

  • The Seven Rules of the Hyena and Other Stories

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    An anthology of 20 contemporary African stories, this book holds the mirror up to the ongoing conflict between traditional African…

  • Kwani? 05 Part 02: Revelation and Conversation

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    This second 400 pages of a twin edition further examines Kenya in the context and violent aftermath of its 2007…

    by Kwani? Trust
  • The Ghost of Sani Abacha

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    A harassed servant plots his grim revenge (A History of Human Servitude)... Sheri puts a potential boyfriend to the test…

    by Chuma Nwokolo
  • Indigo

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    “ Don’t give me that! What kind of woman chooses not to have a child?” This was the question posed…

    by Molara Wood
  • Kwani? 08 : Uchaguzi ’13

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    This Kwani? issue takes us back to some of those bug-bears of [Kenya's] 2013. It looks in detail at some…

    by Kwani? Trust
  • The Whispering Trees

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    The Whispering Trees, award winning writer Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s debut collection of short stories, employs nuance, subtle drama and deadpan…

    by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
  • Picture Frames And Other Stories: The 2013 Writivism Anthology

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    This exciting anthology of short stories showcases the work of 13 emerging writers from the African continent, finalists in the…

    by Writivism
  • Kwani? Issue 04

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    The fourth volume of Kwani? presents a multitude of new literary voices from Kenya and the African diaspora. Well-known contemporary…

    by Kwani? Trust
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  • Say You’re One of Them

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    Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face…

  • What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

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    The stories collected in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are linked by more than the exquisitely winding prose…

  • Riding the Samoosa Express

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    Riding the Samosa Express is a collection of life stories exploring issues of marriage, love, loss, family life, culture, religious…

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  • Tropical Fish

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    In her fiction debut, Doreen Baingana follows a Ugandan girl as she navigates the uncertain terrain of adolescence. Set mostly…

    by Doreen Baingana
  • Kwani? 07

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    Kwani? has always been significantly connected to the Diaspora through the individuals who founded it, and its early contributors. Its…

    by Kwani? Trust

Poetry

  • Parliament of Owls

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    'Parliament of Owls' is a poetry work by Adipo Sidang' touching on different themes with politics and the state of…

  • Akello

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    "Abigail’s poetry will make you bleed and then patch you up again. She tells stories of love with unflagging vitality, and…

    by Abigail Arunga
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  • A Tributary in Servitude

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    “When two look at two their silence holds a million tales – emotions erupt convulsing folds of passion melt into…

    by Servio Gbadamosi
  • Lilac Uprising

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    The collection of 85 poems covers a ‘wonderfully varied, in terms of geography, theme and tone. ‘Phyllis Muthoni is an…

    by Phyllis Muthoni
  • Cut off My Tongue

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    One of the most sobering and positive things to happen in Kenya in 2008, soon after the post-election violence, was…

    by Sitawa Namwalie
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  • Clinical Blues

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    “Your fragrance stills me, stirs me Every time your voice lingers In the crevices of my ears Thrilling my ossicles…

    by Dami Ajayi
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  • A Side of Raunch

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    Abigail Arunga's second collection of work deeper explores the correlation between words and bodies, sensualities and things left unsaid. With…

    by Abigail Arunga
  • Collective Amnesia

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    This highly-anticipated debut collection from one of the country’s most acclaimed young voices marks a massive shift in South African…

  • To Be A Man; Kwani? Poetry Anthology

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    " ...I do not want to be crippled before I can walk, to be shoved in the face of machismo…

    by Kwani? Trust
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  • a river’s journey

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    "Amu Nnadi’s newest poetry offering, a river’s journey, spans 172 pages. The book is divided into four sections, each of…

    by Amu Nnadi
  • A Nation in Labour

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    "A Nation in Labour is a multitude of voices, a collective protest against the present, and a stubborn belief in the…

    by Harriet Anena
  • The Final Testament of a Minor God

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    The hundred poems in this anthology strike a balance between orthodoxy and rebellion, between modern and heritage. The poetic voice…

    by Chuma Nwokolo
  • A Good Mourning

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    They would have her mind pots and pans, or, not cooking, chained to a bedpost with her braided chador and…

    by Ogaga Ifowodo
  • Dance Here

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    Laura bursts into song with an efficacious voice that is unapologetic– woven with lines that give skin rush. This is…

    by Laura M. Kaminski

Children's Books

  • No Bigger Mistake

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    Set in a fictional Kenyan law school, the novel surrounds twin brothers CJ and Tuma, who chase a fairly unstable girl,…

    by Irene Assumpter Sumi
  • Meet the Omtitas

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    The year is 1990. Tommy Omtita, a year out of school, is waiting to go to campus. Fifteen-year old Bonnie…

    by Tony Mochama
  • Lil’ Kanji And The Falling Sun

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    Lil' Kanji And The Falling Sun by Mwangi Gituro is about a boy with  a grim dream about the sun…

    by Mwangi Gituro
  • Moses in a Mess

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    The inspector of schools is visiting Mukibi's Educational Institute for the Sons of African Gentleman (MEISAG). The most neat dorm…

    by Barbara Kimenye
  • High Tide at Shibale

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    Two innocent girls and an equally innocent house help would make a merry mixture for the much-anticipated December holiday. The…

    by Charles O. Okoth
  • Mti wa Milele

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    Kobe aliota ndoto kuhusu mti unaozaa matunda ya kila aina. Ke. mti huu upo? Je, siri ya kuupa mti huu…

    by Wangari Grace
  • Dust and the Shadow

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    Dust and the Shadow is the epic story of the exodus of the people of Shuk in search of Ophir,…

    by Valerie Cuthbert
  • Ola and Bisi Adventures of Health

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    Beautifully illustrated, Fit Kid or Fat Kid continues the Adventures of Ola and Bisi, two children from a privileged home.…

    by Edirin Metseagharun
  • The Forever Tree

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    Tortoise dreams of a tree that produces all kinds of fruits. Does this tree exist? What is the secret of…

    by Wangari Grace
  • Anna the Air Hostess

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    This is the dramatic story of a girl's struggle to become an air hostess in the jet-age, and her adventures…

    by Cynthia E. Hunter
  • The Great Siege of Fort Jesus

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    The great siege of Fort Jesus by the Omani Arabs between 1689 and 1698 is the setting for this remarkable…

    by Valerie Cuthbert
  • Dragon’s Flames

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    A young couple is preparing for marriage when the bride-to-be is defiled by a business tycoon. The courts fail to…

    by Patrick Kimiti
  • Attack of the Shidas Akas Save Planet Earth

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    In a desert town in the far north, people from three communities depend on a borehole for all their water.…

    by Muthoni Garland
  • Captured by Raiders

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    Nanjala, a young Bukusu girl, is captured by the fierce Tondo warriors during a raid in which they also killed…

    by Benjamin S. Wegesa

NEW ARRIVALS

  • Collective Amnesia

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    This highly-anticipated debut collection from one of the country’s most acclaimed young voices marks a massive shift in South African…

  • The Memory of Love

    KES 1,390

    Freetown, Sierra Leone, 1969. On a hot January evening that he will remember for decades, Elias Cole first catches sight…

  • Parliament of Owls

    KES 1,150

    'Parliament of Owls' is a poetry work by Adipo Sidang' touching on different themes with politics and the state of…

  • Under the Udala Trees

    KES 1,400

    Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living…

  • A Long Way Gone

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    This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of…

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  • Arrows of Rain

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    This debut novel from the author of the powerful, universally acclaimed Foreign Gods, Inc. looks at a woman’s drowning and…

TOP RATED BOOKS

  • A Side of Raunch

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    Abigail Arunga's second collection of work deeper explores the correlation between words and bodies, sensualities and things left unsaid. With…

    by Abigail Arunga
  • The Other Experiment

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    Experimental in form, The Other Experiment interrogates the idea of otherness, giving us a somewhat heartbreaking image of Kenya (and…

    by Ras Mengesha
  • Akello

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    "Abigail’s poetry will make you bleed and then patch you up again. She tells stories of love with unflagging vitality, and…

    by Abigail Arunga
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  • Den of Inequities

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    In Den of Inequities, Kombani chooses to revisit the question of socioeconomic stratification. In this narrative we are compelled to…

    by Kinyanjui Kombani
  • After 4:30

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    After 4:30 rocketed the now reknown author, David G. Maillu, to become the most widely read, controversial and humorous writer in…

    by David G. Maillu
  • The Last Villains of Molo

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    Bone, Bafu, Rock, Ngeta and Bomu are five unemployed young men who live in a Nairobi slum. The entry of…

    by Kinyanjui Kombani

BEST SELLING BOOKS

  • UnBounded

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    In just over a decade, Boniface Mwangi has risen from poverty to prominence in Kenya. He is renowned for his…

    by Boniface Mwangi
  • Son of Fate

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    This novel is by the author of the celebrated My Life in Crime and is his first. The life of…

    by John Kiriamiti
  • One Day I Will Write About This Place

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    Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to…

    by Binyavanga Wainaina
  • Dance of the Jakaranda

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    Set in the shadow of Kenya’s independence from Great Britain, Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the special circumstances that brought…

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