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Is This Kenya's Most Prolific Author?

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o just may be Kenya's most popular and successful author as several of his books appear in the Exclusive Books 2018 Pan-African Writing Catalogue.

At 80 years old Thiong'o has all the time reflect on his life's work - which has seen him write countless novels and short stories, as well as essays covering a variety of topics such as social criticism and children's literature.

His work has won several awards and he is often regarded as a deserving candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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A small selection of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's books. Credit: Google images

Weep Not, Child

The author's debut was published in 1964 and was the first English novel to be published by an East African. It's subject is the Man Man 'war' and its effect on the lives of ordinary men and women in Kenya.

The River Between

Christian missionaries attempt to outlaw the female circumcision ritual and in the process create a terrible rift between two Kikuyu communities on either side of a river.

Wizard Of The Crow

An ambitious, magisterial, satirical novel set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburiria, it chronicles the battle between a megalomaniac dictator and young magician for the soul of the people.

Decolonising The Mind

This book, which advocates linguistic decolonisation, is one of Ngugi's best-known and most-cited non-fiction publications. It helped cement him as a pre-eminent voice theorising the 'language debate' in postcolonial studies.

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A small selection of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's books. Credit: Google images

Writers In Politics

Ngũgĩ has put together a new collection under an old title, rewriting most of the pieces that appeared in the original 1981 edition, and adding completely new essays.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Speaks

The conversations recorded here, spanning over 40 years, reflect the authors interest in exploring the events in Kenya's colonial past that had such a profound impact on his people, the Kikuyu, and on his own life.

Dreams In A Time Of War: A Childhood Memoir

Born in 1938 in rural Kenya, Ngũgĩ came of age amidst the terrible bloodshed in the 'war' between the Man Man and the British after World War II. Here he looks back on the significant points of his life.

In The House Of The Interpreter: A Memoir

In this follow-up to Dreams In A Time Of War, Ngũgĩ continues the story of his childhood, focusing specifically on his time at an elite boarding school, which shaped his intellect and moral beliefs.