A Must-Read African authors books list

Awhile back there was a 100 must-read books list purportedly (it turned out not to be) from the Beeb doing the facebook rounds, and now its back in the form of an app. What greatly disappointed me then, and now, was the total absence of African authors on that list. So to remedy this dire oversight, and with your help, I’m composing a collective and unlimited African authors only must-read books list right here. Please add to this list in the comments and I will add them to the post. In no preferential order but what came to my mind as as must-read’s, here we go:
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The House of Hunger – Dambudzo Marechera
Arrow of God/Anthills of the Savannah – Chinua Achebe
The Stone Virgins – Yvonne Vera
Wizard of the Crow – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
When Rain Clouds Gather – Bessie Head
The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born – Ayi Kwei Armah
Harare North – Brian Chikwava
The Famished Road – Ben Okri
The Interpreters – Wole Soyinka
Black Diamond/Ways of Dying – Zakes Mda
The Hairdresser of Harare – Tendai Huchu
Men of the South – Zukiswa Wanner
An Elegy for Easterly – Petina Gappah
Diaries of a Dead African – Chuma Nwokolo
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – Lola Shoneyin
Who Fears Death – Nnedi Okorafor
Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga
The Boy Next Door – Irene Sabatini
Happiness is a Four-Letter Word – Cynthia Jele
The Memory of Love – Aminatta Forna
Purple Hibiscus/Half of a Yellow Sun/The Thing around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
African Psycho – Alain Mabanckou
Harmattan Rain – Ayesha Harruna Attah
Tail of the Blue Bird – Nii Ayikwei Parkes
Dancing with Life – Christopher Mlalazi
African Roar anthologies – Multi-author annual anthologies
Nairobi Heat – Mukoma Wa Ngũgĩ
Is it Coz I’m Black? – Ndumiso Ngcobo
On Black Sisters’ Street – Chika Unigwe
Unbridled/Blackbird – Jude Dibia
Harvest of Thorns/Can We Talk and Other Stories – Shimmer Chinodya
In Dependence – Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Bones – Chenjerai Hove
Underground People – Lewis Nkosi
Waiting for the Rain – Charles Mungoshi
A Fine Madness – Mashingaidze Gomo
To Saint Patrick – Eghosa Imasuen
Somewhere in This Country – Memory Chirere
The Old Man and the Medal – Ferdinand Oyono
Matigari – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Down Second Avenue – Ezekiel Mphahlele
This Earth, My Brother – Kofi Awoonor
A Simple Lust – Dennis Brutus
The Setting Sun and the Rolling World – Charles Mungoshi
Sozaboy – Ken Saro-Wiwa
Walking with Shadows – Jude Dibia
Wife of the Gods – Kwei Quartey
Without a Silver Spoon – Eddie Iroh
Akin the Drummer Boy – Cyprian Ekwensi
Jagua Nana – Cyprian Ekwensi
Toads for Supper – Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike
I Do Not Come to You by Chance – Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Time of the Butcherbird – Alex la Guma
Dog Eat Dog – Niq Mhlongo
Joys of Motherhood – Buchi Emecheta
Efuru – Flora Nwapa
Sounds of a Cowhide Drum – Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali
From Caves of Rotten Teeth – A. Igoni Barrett
Pregnancy of the Gods – Odili Ujubuonu
Everything Good Will Come – Sefi Atta
Burma Boy – Biyi Bandele
Allah is Not Obliged – Ahmadou Kourouma
Zarah the Windseeker – Nnedi Okorafor
Graceland – Chris Abani
A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier – Ishmael Beah
Mashetani (The Devil’s) – Ibrahim Hussein
Betrayal in the City – Francis Imbuga
Echoes of Silence/The Burdens – John Ruganda
Petals of Blood/A Grain of Wheat – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Waiting for an Angel – Helon Habila
The House Gun – Nadine Gordimer
The Concubine – Elechi Amadi
Mine Boy – Peter Abrahams
The Lion and the Jewel – Wole Soyinka
Kill Me Quick – Meja Mwangi
Disgrace – J.M Cotzee
Potent Ash – Leonard Kibera and Sam Kahiga
Baobabs in Heaven – Tawanda Chabikwa
Stars of the New Curfew – Ben Okri
The Healers – Ayi Kwei Armah
Nights of the Creaking Bed – Toni Kan
Songs from the Marketplace/Village Voices/The Eye of the Earth – Niyi Osundare
Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
Triomf – Marlene Van Niekerk
Measuring Time – Helon Habila
The Only Son – John Munoye
Room 207/ The Book of the Dead – Kgebetli Moele
The Book of Secrets – M. G. Vassanji
Paradise – Abdulrazak Gurnah
Maps/Gifts/Secrets (Blood in the Sun trilogy) – Nuruddin Farah
So Long a Letter/Scarlet Song – Mariama Bâ
Agaat – Marlene van Niekerk
Welcome to our Hillbrow – Phaswane Mpe
Thirteen Cents/The Quiet Violence of Dreams – K. Sello Duiker
David’s Story/Playing in the Light – Zoe Wicomb
One Day I Will Write About This Place – Binyavanga Wainaina
Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe – Doreen Baingana
The Identity of Blood Money – Mzondi Lungu
Say You are One of Them – Uwem Akpan
The Other Crucifix/The Sun by night/The Clothes of Nakedness – Benjamin Kwakye
Dantsoho: the artist by Mike Adeyi
Book of the Dead – Kgabetli Moele
Urban Zulu Warrior – Ndumiso Ngcobe
Sleepwalking Land – Mia Couto
AfroSF – Multi-author SF anthology
Meja Mwangi – Going Down River Road/The Cockroach Dance/The Last Plague/Striving for the Wind

About Ivor Hartmann

Ivor W. Hartmann, is a Zimbabwean writer, currently based in Jhb, South Africa. He is the author of Mr. Goop (Vivlia, 2010), and was nominated for the UMA Award (2009), and awarded The Golden Baobab Prize (2009). His writing has appeared in African Writing Magazine, Wordsetc, Munyori Literary Journal, Something Wicked, and Sentinel Literary Quartley, amongst others. He is the editor/publisher of StoryTime, and co-editor/publisher African Roar.