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message 1: by Belle (last edited Sep 01, 2013 08:36AM) (new)

Belle I would have liked to have seen Lawrence Anthony's Book Elephant Whisperer, and Babylon's Ark, among this list. Also, Kuki Gallman's I Dreamed of Africa. I have discovered several books that are "new to me" African Authors/books on here, but have not had a chance yet to read any. They are on the back burner waiting to read or buy as you can see :) . Thanks for creating this list who ever did it, it is nice to see who/what is out of Africa!


message 2: by Belle (new)

Belle I will have to get reading fast ;)


message 3: by Greer (new)

Greer Noble Thank you Dawn, I agree with you, especially Kuki Gallman's 'I Dreamed of Africa'. I think the whole idea is that anyone can ADD their African Author books to the list.. so please do add them.. page up and click: 'Add new books to this list'.

Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm, Greer


message 4: by Belle (new)

Belle That is great I did not realise I could add them ! I will do it. We need to get this beautiful continent out there!


message 5: by Greer (new)

Greer Noble Thank you :-)


message 6: by Saturday's (new)

Saturday's Child Hi - Karen Blixen was born in Denmark so should her book be on this list?


message 7: by Belle (new)

Belle Hi Saturday,
For what its worth my two cents. Technically you are most probably right. But then one would have to say this about so many other authors who write on Africa too, Kuki Gallman who is Italian. Gareth Patterson who is British and so the list could go on and on. I personally think maybe the fact they lived there and experienced the country they wrote about, is enough to qualify them ? Cry for the Lions by G. Patterson is a gem of a conservation book to come 'Out of Africa'
It is also only in recent years that people "from Africa" (born there) have decided to pen memoirs etc, but I notice that all have 'mostly left Africa' and then been inspired "out of a heart that yearns to be back" to write a book. But previously it is mostly 'outsiders' who had brief sojourns into the continent who wrote anything about Africa. What you say is an interesting thought.


message 8: by Greer (new)

Greer Noble Saturday's wrote: "Hi - Karen Blixen was born in Denmark so should her book be on this list?"

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I don't see why not - she lived in Kenya long enough to qualify her as being of Africa at least.


message 9: by Greer (new)

Greer Noble Dawn wrote: "Hi Saturday,
For what its worth my two cents. Technically you are most probably right. But then one would have to say this about so many other authors who write on Africa too, Kuki Gallman who is..."


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Gareth has lived the best part of his life in Africa - as far as I know he still lives in Africa, now in SA, in the Cape.


message 10: by Greer (new)

Greer Noble Dawn wrote: "Hi Saturday,
For what its worth my two cents. Technically you are most probably right. But then one would have to say this about so many other authors who write on Africa too, Kuki Gallman who is..."


Dawn wrote: "Dawn wrote: "Hi Saturday,
For what its worth my two cents. Technically you are most probably right. But then one would have to say this about so many other authors who write on Africa too, Kuki G..."


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You have a very interesting point there... and yes, perhaps you are right there but I for one, born in Africa, wrote all my books in Africa and while I've just completed my first non-fiction book in the UK I will be returning to Africa to live in a couple of months. Thank you for taking an interest! :)


message 11: by Belle (new)

Belle Best new year Wishes to you Greer. Yes I think as you do Greer, on both counts. I just never thought of African Authors in a 'qualifying way' like Saturday's thought provoking question, so to speak! I just see all of them as African, I think somehow the books speak for the authors themselves.

I know a poet that penned something to this effect,
' Land not of my fathers and not of my birth,
yet this is 'my' land on this here earth !

The authors mentioned qualify as far as I am concerned !

wishing you all a great year in 2015


message 12: by Saturday's (new)

Saturday's Child I guess I was taking born and bred in a very literal sense :)


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