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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.₵45.00
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₵42.00
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.₵15.00
Ananse, the trickster, has a problem…
He is very very clever. In fact, he’s the best trickster of all. But, not enough people know this. Now that, is a problem.
The solution is clear to him—he must own all the stories in the world! But how?₵5.00
Millions of readers around the world have relished Jeffrey Archer’s short stories. Taking inspiration from his favourite short story writers — F. Scott Fitzgerald, Maupassant, H. H. Munro, W. Somerset Maugham and O. Henry — Jeffrey Archer has written many bestselling collections over the years and he doesn’t disappoint in And Thereby Hangs a Tale, his astounding sixth volume.
Jeffrey has a natural aptitude for short stories which are stylish, witty and entertaining. His mastery of characterization and suspense, combined with a gift for the unexpected, jaw-dropping plot twist, show him at the height of his powers and demonstrate why he is one of Britain’s bestselling authors.
All of Jeffrey’s collections of short stories have been top ten bestsellers and he is undoubtedly the bestselling English-language short story writer of our times.
Betrayal of Gloria and Other Stories is an anthology of short stories that catalogues the various ups and downs in the day-to-day lives of human beings. It has as its central setting the country of Nigeria and the characters are archetypes of the people we encounter on daily basis – in the bus, in our neighbourhood, in church…name it.
The stories are quite topical and touching, evoking pity with their treatments of gloom and hopelessness deviling the Nigerian society.
Its compilation is done by Blessing Chukwu, from a group of writers who were then undergraduates at the University of Ibadan.₵10.00
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.₵55.00
Blema Ko Ɔ is the Dangme phrase for ‘long ago’ or ‘in the old days’.
Blema Ko Ɔ has thirteen folktales and stories with one page of ‘Ajo loo-oo’, or riddles.
The folktales and stories are very educative and suitable for relaxation.
Each story talks to you through a language of the sages at the end.₵3.00₵3.00
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.₵55.00
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.₵30.00
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?₵12.00
“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.