SAFE HOUSE, explorations in creative nonfiction

: Allfrey (E.) ed.

R 470.00
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312pp., paperback, (Abuja), 2016


A collection that includes travel writing, memoir, reportage, meditative essays and more, by writers from across Africa.

Contributors include Mark Gevisser, Simone Haysom, Beatrice Lamwaka, Sarita Ranchod from South Africa and Bongani Kona from Zimbabwe.

"A promising tradition of creative nonfiction is nascent in Africa. Fresh ways of writing African experiences are afoot. This publication signals the gestation of something enormously exciting and genuinely new." Jonny Steinberg, author of A Man of Good Hope

"Not so much timely as long overdue, this collection of essays and short memoirs directs the focus inward, leaping from blade-sharp observations of contemporary life around the African continent to a striking consideration of the continent’s cultural and political future. Safe House transports the reader beyond the tired narrative of news reports through individual stories and into worlds of hidden complexities. Stimulating reading." Aminatta Forna, author of  The Memory of Love

Editor, critic and broadcaster Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE is former Deputy Editor of Granta magazine, series editor for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize, and Deputy Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She served as a judge for the 2015 Man Booker Prize panel. She lives in London.