Books about Africa

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Dredged through the books in our "library" - some from our university and teaching days, some more recent reads! - to put together a suggested reading list. Some heavy, some light; some serious, some hilarious; some old, some current! Sample Image Sample Image Active Image


South Africa : A Modern History – T. R. H. Davenport

The State of Africa - Martin Meredith (Jonathan Ball, 2005)

The Scramble for Africa – Thomas Pakenham (Jonathan Ball, 1991)

Soweto : Black Revolt, White Reaction - John Kane-Berman (Ravan, 1978)

Tomorrow is Another Country – Allister Sparks (Struik, 1994)

Beyond the Miracle - Allister Sparks (Jonathan Ball, 2003)

Cape Town in the Twentieth Century - Vivien Bickford-Smith, Elizabeth van Heyningen and Nigel Worden (David Philip, 1999)

Robert Mugabe : Power, Plunder and Tyranny in Zimbabwe - Martin Meredith (Jonathan Ball, 2002)


Out of Africa – Karen Blixen (Penguin, 1979)

Commando : A Boer Journal of the Boer War – Deneys Reitz (Faber, 1975)

The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist - Breyten Breytenbach (Taurus, 1984)

A Passage to Africa – George Alagiah

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight – Alexandra Fuller (Picador, 2002)

Mukiwa – Peter Godwin

My Traitor’s Heart – Riaan Malan (Vintage, 1990)

The Lost World of the Kalahari – Laurens van der Post (Penguin, 1986)

Cry of the Kalahari – Mark & Delia Owens (Houghton and Mifflin, 1984)

Country of My Skull – Antjie Krog (Jonathan Cape, 1998)

The Sheltering Desert – Henno Martin (Two Books, 2002)

Pale Native – Max du Preez (Zebra Press, 2003)

The Trouble with Africa : Stories from a Safari Camp – Vic Guhrs (Penguin, 2004)



Cry the Beloved Country – Alan Paton (Penguin Modern Classics, 1981)

Too Late the Phalarope – Alan Paton (Penguin, 1971)

The Story of an African Farm – Olive Schreiner (Penguin Classics, 1986)

The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing (Granada, 1981)

Selected Stories – Herman Charles Bosman (Human and Rousseau, 1980)

A Dry White Season – Andre P. Brink

Burger’s Daughter – Nadine Gordimer (Penguin, 1978)

Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee (Vintage, 2000)

In the Heart of the Country – J. M. Coetzee (Ravan Press, 1977)

Power of One – Bryce Courtenay

The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs – Damon Galgut (Abacus, 1992)

The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena – Elsa Joubert (Coronet, 1980)

Like Water in Wild Places – Pamela Jooste (Black Swan, 2000)

Middlepost - Antony Sher (Sceptre, 1988)

Night Jasmine Man – David Lambkin (Viking, 2002)

The Covenant – James Mitchener (Corgi, 1981)

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith (and rest of the series) (Abacus, 2007)



Birds of Southern Africa – Kenneth Newman (Struik, 2002)

The Wildlife of Southern Africa – Vincent Carruthers (ed.) (Southern Book Publishers, 1997)

Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa - Chris and Tilde Stuart (Struik, 2007)

Wild Ways : Field Guide to the Behaviour of Southern African Mammals - Peter Apps (Southern Book Publishers, 1992)

Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Braam and Piet Van Wyk (Struik, 1997)

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving (Struik, 2004)

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Graham Alexander and Johan Marais (Struik, 2007)

Safari : A Chronicle of Adventure – Bartle Bull (Penguin, 1992)

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Travel Quotes

Travel Quotes
Thursday, 12 August 2010

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ernest Hemingway

"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa - for he has so much to look forward to."
Richard Mullin.

"Tourists don't know where they've been; travellers don't know where they're going."
Paul Theroux.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”

Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey.

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.”
G.K. Chesterton.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”
James Michener.

“The journey not the arrival matters.”
T. S. Eliot.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”
Mark Twain.

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding – The Four Quartets.

“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.”
Brian Jackman.

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