• For What Are Butterflies Without Their Wings

    Troy Onyango’s For What Are Butterflies Without Their Wings is a collection of 12 short stories that have a quickening pulse and pages crackling with sharp observations and gentle revelations about solitude, loneliness, connection, loss, love, and the infinite intricacies of daily human life.

  • The Lost Generation (Pacesetters)

    Country-bred Mbatha and Rabeka are childhood sweethearts and seemed destined for each other. Illness takes Rabeka to hospital in Nairobi, and while she is recuperating she meets the sophisticated Mawa with dramatic consequences for all of them.

  • For Mbatha and Rabeka (Pacesetters)

    Country-bred Mbatha and Rabeka are childhood sweethearts and seemed destined for each other. Illness takes Rabeka to hospital in Nairobi, and while she is recuperating she meets the sophisticated Mawa with dramatic consequences for all of them.

  • To Have and To Hold (Pacesetters)

    To the modern, freedom-loving Phindile it seemed impossible that anyone, least of all a man, could make her compromise her independence. But then she had not reckoned with the determination of the lizard-like Mr Takawira or the charms of the persistent Kudzi.

  • Rich Girl, Poor Boy (Pacesetters)

    Rich Girl, Poor Boy as the title suggests is the story of a young lady from a wealthy family who falls in love with a man of poor origins. Tokunbo is the only daughter of rich parents. She first meets her future husband Lai, when he climbs into her house and tries to steal some fruit. As fate would have it, they meet again years later at university and fall in love, but Lai already has a girlfriend. This causes some complications. The story has a very sad ending…

  • The Hornets’ Nest (Pacesetters)

    “I sincerely wish you every success in the rally……..and do be careful.”

    With these words echoing in his mind, Itemere set off on the East African Rally: with every twist, another problem arises – winning is the least of his worries!

  • The Equatorial Assignment (Pacesetters)

    The newly appointed Benni Kamba, 009 in the secret service of NISA, risks his life to destroy an international Afro-Mafia organization which is trying to rule all African by planting puppet Presidents in every state. They are led by the megalomaniac Dr Thunder. 009 falls victim to the beautiful Colonel Swipta. His true love is almost forgotten as he penetrates the base from which she and Dr. Thunder operate.

  • Operation Rhino (Pacesetters)

    Throughout the world the rhino population has been exterminated by ruthless men, greedy for their own wealth. Only in East Africa is there any hope of stemming the tide. A band of dedicated conservationists, led by Dr Hanna Mwaura, are determined to save the species. There is no room in Hanna’s life for anything else – even for love. But ranged against them are the forces of evil – and they seem always to be one step ahead of the conservationists…

  • Thorns of Life (Pacesetters)

    Kalunde is no longer young and attractive, but as she struggles to rescue the crumbling marriage between her only son and the beautiful Nzivele, she reveals her own story of singular courage and purpose. In her quiet way, she holds together the very threads of life, in defiance of famine and its trail of desolation.

  • Bookset: African Writers Series (25 titles)

    Relive all the literary joys of yesteryears by purchasing this jumbo set of all your favourite African Writers Series titles such as Things Fall Apart, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Weep Not Child, So Long A Letter, No Sweetness Here and many more!

    Exact titles will vary depending on availability.

  • Truth is a Flightless Bird

    Obama comes to Kenya!

    The American president’s historic visit to Nairobi is the electric backdrop to the story of a pastor, who plunges into the slums to rescue the woman he loves from the clutches of a Somali drug lord.

    But how deep can the pastor go, without destroying his faith, and himself?

    Truth is a Flightless Bird is a brutal love letter to the frontier town that is present-day Nairobi: a studied observation of the the failure of bare-knuckled capitalism, the inequality machines our cities have become, and – ultimately – the profoundly irrational human capacity to hope, to risk everything in order to have something in which to believe.

    With Truth is a Flightless Bird, Hussain establishes a remarkable voice, one truly his own.

  • The Border Runners (Pacesetters)

    Waichari’s parents are tragically killed in a car crash leaving him with huge debts and a younger brother and sister to care for. Their farm will have to be auctioned unless Waichari can find the money. There is only one way to get it quickly – Waichari will have to risk everything by joining the smuggling trade (magendo) at Chepkube on the Kenyan/Ugandan border. It is a dangerous game and he cannot even tell Janet, the girl he loves, what he is doing.

  • Too Young to Die (Pacesetters)

    When two young honeymooners arrive in Nairobi, little do the authorities realise they are up against two experts in the world of organised crime. Their job is to steal a precious stone from a Maasai tycoon and they are successful…until events turn against them.

  • Renewable Energy: Conservation (Kawi Renewable Energy #3)

    The Kawi popular science series on Renewable Energy is a unique collection of children’s books which educates the reader on the various forms of energy. The books present scientific explanation of how natural elements can be exploited in order to increase energy supply in Africa. The series comprises of six books and focuses on solar energy, hydropower, wind, biogas and wood fuel.

    Authors from different regions in Africa were commissioned to develop an interesting set of books, which expose the vastness and abundance of Africa’s natural resources. They provide ample African cultural and traditional examples which have sustained the continent’s energy needs and application for years. A wide range of activities, exercises drawn from African experiences have been used to make the series lively and relevant to young African readers.

    Book 3 is a very enriching book, which presents various ways of conserving energy. It gives numerous suggestions of how to save energy through the correct choice of appliances. Interesting exercises have been developed to reinforce to children that the proper use of natural resources contributes to energy conservation. Examples and experiences include traditional and cultural practices from across Africa made exciting through vivid illustrations and photographs.

    The author, Alfonso Dominic Nyorch, is currently a senior education officer with the City of Nairobi, Kenya.

    Titles in the Kawi Renewable Energy series include:

    • Book 1 Renewable Energy – Sources
    • Book 2 Renewable Energy – Uses
    • Book 3 Renewable Energy – Conservation
    • Book 4 Renewable Energy – Conversion
    • Book 5 Renewable Energy – Storage
    • Book 6 Renewable Energy – Challenges for Africa

    The Kawi series is the product of a project implemented jointly by UNESCO and the African Publishers’ Network with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Canadian International Development Agency.

  • Voices that Sing Behind the Veil: Anthology of Short Stories from Africa and the Diaspora (Hardcover)

    This 684-page collection is published in collaboration with the Pan African Writers Association which is based in Accra and affiliated to the continental body, the African Union.

    The fifty-six stories come from fifteen African countries and elsewhere; Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and East of the continent, Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Great Lakes region, Ethiopia and Tanzania (in setting). They bring in other voices in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, St. Maarten, United States and Britain. The themes are amok and definitely so in a vein of free expression. There are stories of love (of even a man who finds one whilst visiting a dying cancer-patient wife at the hospital in Lagos) or of a husband wrongfully imprisoned in Malawi who upon escape from jail confronts a wife about to wed again, a story very reminiscent of the main character in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s, Weep Not, Child.

    There is hate and there is poverty – one from Kenya which reads like the Zimbabwean novelist, Dambudzo Marechera’s 1978 classic, The House of Hunger. Issues of mental health, corpse donation for scientific research and Coronavirus-19 are addressed alongside Pentecostal redemption, fake prophets and the havoc they exert on societies as do their counterparts in Islam.

    Contributing writers include distinguished and award-winning writers, academics and emerging talents such Zaynab Alkali (Nigeria), Ben Okri (UK/Nigeria), Molefi Kete Asante (US), Wesley Macheso (Malawi), Ogochukwu Promise (Nigeria), Grace Maguri (Zimbabwe), Athol Williams (South Africa), Martin Egblewogbe (Ghana), Esther K Mbithi (Kenya), Mary Ashun (Ghana), Wale Okediran (Nigeria) among others.

    “These extraordinary stories, mesmerising and beautifully written, are surely connected to a past that remains with us, the experiences of day-to-day living and the limitless imaginings of our futures. The discerning editor combines stories that communicate appreciation with apprehension, presence with essence… a good read.” – Toyin Falola, Historian and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair, University of Texas, Austin

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