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  • Published: 10 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241252505
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $35.00

How to Write About Africa




A trailblazing collection of writing on contemporary Africa from across Binyavanga Wainaina's extraordinary life - ranging from musings on politics and culture to deeply personal introspections

Binyavanga Wainaina was a seminal author and activist, remembered as one of the greatest chroniclers of contemporary African life. After his death in 2019, this ground-breaking collection brings together his pioneering writing on the African continent for the first time. A rule-breaker full of wry satire and piercing wisdom, this collection includes many of Binyavanga's most critically acclaimed pieces, including the viral satirical sensation 'How to Write About Africa'. Writing fearlessly across a range of topics - from politics to international aid, cultural heritage and redefining sexuality, this is a remarkable illustration of a writer at the height of his power.

  • Published: 10 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241252505
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina (18 January 1971 - 21 May 2019) was a Kenyan author, journalist and 2002 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. In April 2014, Time magazine included Wainaina in its annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World".

Praise for How to Write About Africa

Glimmering, strobe-lit language . . . a complex, cosmopolitan African experience too rarely depicted in books

Teju Cole, author of 'Open City', on 'One Day I Will Write About This Place'

[A] standup-and-cheer coming-of-age memoir

New York Times Book Review on 'One Day I Will Write About This Place'

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