A chronically shortsighted young man finds himself the target of a preacher’s miracle cure… Despite his American street phrases and his fistful of dollars, a prodigal son’s visit to his Sierra Leone home does not go quite as planned… A medical student blinded in an accident seems to lose everything but soon learns what he has gained… Life on the edge for a gang of street boys paid to disrupt an election… An oil spill opens a path for a Nigerian teacher to join the woman she loves in the US…
The shortlisted stories for the 2013 Caine Prize – Africa’s leading literary prize – offer five arresting, diverse, provocative snapshots of a continent and its descendants captured at a time of accelerating change. The shortlisted authors are:
Tope Folarin (Nigeria) for Miracle
Pede Hollist (Sierra Leone) for Foreign Aid
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria) for The Whispering Trees
Elnathan John (Nigeria) for Bayan Layi
Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria) for America
In addition, 12 writers from six different African countries took part in the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop, held this year in Uganda, where they each produced a special story for this volume.
These 17 stories show yet again the richness and range of current writing on the continent. They underline the primacy of the short story, with its oral antecedents, at the very heart of African literature.₵45.00Quick View
Adabraka is a feast of Accra in all its flavours and aromas served through the eyes of 14 emerging literary chefs.
“Absolutely vital and delightful to have the younger generation writing…these beautiful pieces are a treasure.” ~ Prof Ama Ata Aidoo₵42.00Quick View
Age Range: 13 – 16 years
The work is a collection of four independent stories. The title story Alani the Troublemaker tells the story of a boy who seems to be out of control. It is later revealed that his bad behaviour is a result of his father’s death and the extreme grief he felt. He is encouraged by his uncle who also shares memories of his father with him. Alani decides to mend his ways and the change is really dramatic.₵15.00Quick View
Stuart Woods returns with the sequel to The Prince of Beverly Hills—a page-turning novel of murder, political intrigue, and betrayal set in 1940s Hollywood, the era of the “Red Scare,” when almost anyone could be suspect…
Rick Barron, a former Beverly Hills cop, has risen to the head of production of Centurion pictures, and he’s at the top of his game. But tensions are high in Hollywood, and when Rick’s friend Sidney Brooks, a successful screenwriter, receives a subpoena from the House Un-American Activities Committee, Rick isn’t surprised. The witch hunt is spreading, and those under investigation are Rick’s closest friends—even his wife, the glamorous starlet Glenna Gleason.₵55.00Quick View
Two centuries after James Cook’s epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain’s adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today’s Pacific. Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Confederates in the Attic, works as a sailor aboard a replica of Cook’s ship, meets island kings and beauty queens, and carouses the South Seas with a hilarious and disgraceful travel companion, an Aussie named Roger. He also creates a brilliant portrait of Cook: an impoverished farmboy who became the greatest navigator in British history and forever changed the lands he touched. Poignant, probing, antic, and exhilarating, Blue Latitudes brings to life a man who helped create the global village we inhabit today.₵55.00Quick View
Shimmer Chinodya, winner of the 1989 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa region) is one of Zimbabwe’s foremost fiction writers. This collection of short stories reveals his development as a writer of passionate questioning integrity.
The first stories, ‘Hoffman Street’ and ‘The Man who Hanged Himself’ capture the bewildered innocence of a child’s view of the adult world, where behaviour is often puzzling and contradictory; stories such as ‘Going to See Mr B.V.’ provide the transition between the world of the adult and that of the child where the latter is required to act for himself in a situation where illusions founder on a narrow reality. ‘Among the Dead’ and ‘Brothers and Sisters’ look wryly at the self-conscious, self-centred, desperately serious world of young adulthood while ‘Playing your Cards’, ‘The Waterfall’, ‘Strays’ and ‘Bramson’ introduce characters for whom ambition, disillusion, and disappointment jostle for attention in a world where differences of class, culture, race and morality come to the fore. Finally, in ‘Can we Talk’ we conclude with an abrasive, lucid, sinewy voice which explores the nature of estrangement. The charge is desolation. Can we Talk and Other Stories speaks of the unspoken and unsaid. The child who watches but does not understand, the young man who observes but cannot participate, the man who stands outside not sure where his desires and ambitions lead, the older man, estranged by his own choices. ‘Can we Talk’ is not a question but a statement that insists on being heard, and demands a reassessment of our dreams.₵35.00Quick View
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Chief Koko’s Bicycle
Aku leaves his poor parents to live with Chief Koko. Aku, however, becomes proud and so refuses to be friends with the other children. One day, he brags to the other children that he will ride Chief’s Bicycle. They therefore assemble to see him ride; but pride, they say, goes before a fall. Aku loses control of the bicycle and plunges into the river.
The Twin Brothers
Agbo and Akin are twin brothers. They are fond of each other and they like to listen to their grandfather tell them stories. One day, a strange man knocks on their gate to ask for their father. But trouble begins when they refuse to open the game for him. Are the thieves able to get away?₵12.00Quick View
“More convincingly than any other woman writing in Arabic today, Alifa Rifaat lifts the vil on what it means to be a women living within a traditional Muslim society.”
So states the translator’s foreword to this collection of the Egyptian author’s best short stories. Alifa Rifaat (1930-1996) is very unusual among Arab women writers. She did not go to university, spoke only Arabic, and seldom traveled abroad. This virtual immunity from Western influence lends a special authenticity to her direct yet sincere accounts of death, sexual fulfillment, the lives of women in purdah, and the frustrations of everyday life in a male-dominated Islamic environment.
Translated from the Arabic by Denys Johnson-Davies, the collection admits the reader into a hidden private world, regulated by the call of the mosque, but often full of profound anguish and personal isolation. Badriyya’s despariting anger at her deceitful husband, for example, or the hauntingly melancholy of “At the Time of the Jasmine,” are treated with a sensitivity to the discipline and order of Islam that defies bland European prescription.
Age Range: 6 – 12 years
Exciting Animal Stories for Little Children is a collection of fascinating stories about animals who interact with each other like human beings do.
Stories such as the Clever Ant, Speak Up! Donkey, Dog Didn’t Want to Play, along with several others, will captivate and entertain.
What’s best, these animal stories come with moral lessons too! Enjoy!₵15.00Quick View
Folktales are Forever is a timeless collection of culturally enriching Nigerian folktales, skillfully retold by Efe Farinre to appeal to a global audience of children and adults. It is a resource material aimed at preserving and sharing with the world, a vital part of African heritage that has been passed orally from generation to generation.
We follow the usual (and, in many cases, unusual) suspects as they traverse the landscape of our and our children’s imaginations. Tortoise is still his mischievous old self. Monkey still cannot keep still. Owl is still as wise as can be.
The stories in Folktales are Forever have been well-researched and the language kept simple for the reading pleasure of all age groups. Reading or being read to, children and adults will find Folktales are Forever to be an absolute delight. Adults will have the invaluable opportunity to take children down the memory lane of their childhood story time, while children will be intrigued by the combination of entertainment and life lessons each story presents. The songs in the stories are written in local dialects and translated into English. They have also been set to music and will provide additional entertainment for the musically inclined reader.
Read, enjoy and share!₵40.00Quick View
In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.
Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who’s been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.
Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer, gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape.
Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton’s most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney’s wife.
Three good ol’ boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend. However, they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer. The journey comes to an abrupt end when they make a fateful stop at a Memphis strip club.
The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It’s a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a low-paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those “seniors” he professes to love.
One of the hazards of litigating against people in a small town is that one day, long after the trial, you will probably come face-to-face with someone you’ve beaten in a lawsuit. Lawyer Stanley Wade bumps into an old adversary, a man with a long memory, and the encounter becomes a violent ordeal.
Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated. But in Lowtown, the colored section of Clanton, the young man finds a soul mate in his final days.
Featuring a cast of characters you’ll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.₵50.00₵50.00Quick View
“I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger . . .” writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up “1922,” the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
In “Big Driver,” a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
“Fair Extension,” the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.
Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.₵60.00Quick View