Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) was a Nigerian novelist. He achieved worldwide fame with his debut novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), which became a global bestseller, selling more than 20 million copies. Achebe would go on to write more than 20 books, including novels, short stories, essays and poetry. His writing has been recommended many times on Five Books.
Books by Chinua Achebe
Interviews where books by Chinua Achebe were recommended
The award-winning novelist thinks Africans want to know how it is that white men have got their hands on all the money. He picks five books on what it means and meant to be white in Africa
What is historical fiction? Does it have to be historically accurate? Zimbabwean novelist Tendai Huchu talks us through five important examples of historical novels, including three set in Africa.
‘Wherever you go today in the Congo, you will find monstrous warlords. But you will find far more volunteer nurses and Red Cross workers and teachers who haven’t been paid for 20 years but are still doing their job, not allowing things to fall apart.’
Beleaguered ‘citizens of nowhere’ will be pleased to know they have their own literary genre. For anyone who has ever wondered where they belong, or why, when you leave your home country, it’s never the same when you return, here are the best five books to read—including some by the greatest authors of the 20th century.