Novels

  • Starbook

    KES 1,250

    "Starbook" tells the tale of a prince and a maiden in a mythical land where a golden age is ending.…

    by Ben Okri
  • Behold the Dreamers

    KES 1,900

    A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of…

  • My Life in Prison

    KES 585

    My Life in Prison (2004) is the third novel in John Kiriamiti's Kenyan crime fiction series, following My Life in…

    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
  • Left To Tell

    KES 1,600

    Immaculée Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family that she cherished. But in 1994 her…

  • I Do Not Come to You by Chance

    KES 1,300

    A deeply moving debut novel set amid the perilous world of Nigerian email scams, I Do Not Come to You…

    by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
  • City of Memories

    KES 1,390

    “With City of Memories, Richard Ali has established himself as perhaps the most important Nigerian writer at home or in the…

    by Richard Ali
  • Way Back Home

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    I, Kimathi Fezile Tito, do solemnly declare that I am a soldier of the South African revolution. I am a…

  • Beneath the Lion’s Gaze

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    This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his…

    by Maaza Mengiste
  • Mine Boy

    KES 499

    First published in 1946, this novel exposed the condition of black South Africans under a white regime. It presents a…

  • No Longer at Ease

    KES 500

    The second book in Achebe’s “African trilogy”: A classic story of personal and moral struggle as well as turbulent social…

    by Chinua Achebe
  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    KES 1,700

    From an acclaimed African writer, a novel about family, freedom, and loyalty. When Bella learns of the murder of her…

    by Nuruddin Farah
  • Across the Bridge

    KES 504

    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 Spider King’s Daughter

    KES 1,590

    Seventeen-year-old Abike Johnson is the favourite child of her wealthy father. She lives in a sprawling mansion in Lagos, protected…

Anthologies & Short Story Collections

  • Kwani? 05 Part 01: Maps and Journeys

    KES 650

    This is the first of a twin edition that examines Kenya in the context and violent aftermath of its 2007…

    by Kwani? Trust
  • The Thing Around Your Neck

    KES 995

    Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of…

    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Safe House

    KES 1,950

    In a collection of creative essays that ranges from travel writing and memoir to reportage, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey brings together…

  • A Tiny Place Called Happiness by Bura-Bari Nwilo

    KES 1,265

    A Tiny Place Called Happiness is a book of short stories with twenty-two stories. Nwilo, who is also the author…

  • Kwani? 08 : Uchaguzi ’13

    KES 1,400

    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
  • Say You’re One of Them

    KES 1,490

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

  • Kwani? 06

    KES 800

    Kwani? 06, is an anthology of short fiction and poetry by Kenyan And African writers born after September 1978. Farah…

    by Kwani? Trust
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  • Indigo

    KES 1,235

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

    by Molara Wood
  • Smithereens of Death

    KES 950

    When you are as old as Mma-mma is, and you can feel the life smouldering underneath your skin, there is…

    by Olubunmi Familoni
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  • Tropical Fish

    KES 795

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

    by Doreen Baingana
  • Moonscapes Anthology

    KES 700

    From a bar in Nairobi where “the potheads, struggling artists and wannabe professors drink and pontificate into the night”, to…

    by African Writers Trust
  • Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon

    KES 1,285

    In this short story collection, Nike Campbell-Fatoki filters the lives of contemporary Nigerians through a colourful and vivid prism, where…

    by Nike Campbell Fatoki
  • Lusaka Punk

    KES 1,350

    The Caine Prize for African Writing 2015 brings together the five shortlisted authors' stories along with 12 other stories from…

    by Caine Prize for African Writing
  • Kwani? Issue 04

    KES 600

    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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Poetry

  • To Be A Man; Kwani? Poetry Anthology

    KES 600 KES 420

    " ...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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  • Akello

    KES 600

    "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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  • Clinical Blues

    KES 600

    “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 Tributary in Servitude

    KES 600

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

    by Servio Gbadamosi
  • The Headline That Morning & Other Poems

    KES 600

    The Headline That Morning and Other poems is a poetry collection by Ugandan poet, Peter Kagayi. There are 50 poems…

    by Peter Kagayi
  • The Final Testament of a Minor God

    KES 900

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

    by Chuma Nwokolo
  • The Poetry of Scriptwise

    KES 300

    Category: E-book, Poetry “The Poetry of Scriptwise is a veritably knitted anthology that covers soulful introspection, love, desire, passion and…

    by Steve Otieno
  • 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…

  • A Good Mourning

    KES 1,075

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

    by Ogaga Ifowodo
  • Lilac Uprising

    KES 630

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

    by Phyllis Muthoni
  • A Nation in Labour

    KES 600

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

    by Harriet Anena
  • Cut off My Tongue

    KES 550

    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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  • a river’s journey

    KES 1,080

    "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
  • Dance Here

    KES 835

    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

  • A Name for Himself

    KES 410

    "So, young man," he started. "How do you feel about joining Greenpines?" How did he feel? Actually, none of all…

    by Erick Livumbazi Ngoda
  • Thorns of a Dead Rose

    KES 500

    Things might appear extrinsically so appealing and the urge to hold and own them quite overwhelming. This is what Njuguna,…

    by Pat Wambui Ngurukie
  • Ola and Bisi Adventures of Health

    KES 600

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

    by Edirin Metseagharun
  • Magic

    KES 400

    Magic by Joseph Bokea is a fantasy fiction novel by a twelve-year-old that will surprise and delight every reader. It…

    by Joseph Bokea
  • The Forever Tree

    KES 350

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

    by Wangari Grace
  • Path to Womanhood

    KES 200

    A menstrual hygiene manual developed for primary school girls ages 9 – 14 years, their parents, guardians and teachers. It…

  • Moses and the Man from Mars

    KES 280

    The Junior Readers Series is designed to encourage reading for pleasure and to meet the supplementary reading needs of upper…

    by Barbara Kimenye
  • Lil’ Kanji And The Falling Sun

    KES 350

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

    by Mwangi Gituro
  • The Great Siege of Fort Jesus

    KES 400

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

    by Valerie Cuthbert
  • Pamela The Probation Officer

    KES 300

    Here is another exciting book from the popular Phoenix Young Readers Library. This time you learn about the many and…

    by Cynthia E. Hunter
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  • Attack of the Shidas Akas Save Planet Earth

    KES 380

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

    by Muthoni Garland
  • Meet the Omtitas

    KES 400

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

    by Tony Mochama
  • Truphena the City Nurse

    KES 350

    Truphena City Nurse is the second of the exciting series of books of adventure and insight into various popular careers.…

    by Cynthia E. Hunter
  • The Amazing Race

    KES 365

    Kamau is set to run the race of his life. Will his Baba show up to see him in? Will…

    by Muthoni Garland
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NEW ARRIVALS

  • Collective Amnesia

    KES 900

    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

    KES 1,400

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

    Out of stock
  • Arrows of Rain

    KES 1,800

    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

    KES 200

    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

    KES 250

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

    by Ras Mengesha
  • Akello

    KES 600

    "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
    Out of stock
  • Den of Inequities

    KES 450

    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

    KES 600

    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

    KES 520

    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

  • Don’t Die on Wednesday

    KES 1,385

    Rising football star and Tottenham FC top striker Bubaraye Dabowei’s career is torpedoed by a freak accident at a game…

    by Micheal Afenfia
  • Every Day Is for the Thief

    KES 1,600

    Fifteen years is a long time to be away from home. It feels longer still because I left under a…

    by Teju Cole
  • Hekaya za Abunuwasi na Hadithi Nyingine

    KES 550

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

  • Dance of the Jakaranda

    KES 1,500

    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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