Category Archives: Books

Book Launch

If you are in London: Date: Thursday 19th January, 6-8pm Venue: Brunei Suite, SOAS Book launch with author Michael Gould and Kaye Whiteman (journalist), Frederick Forsyth (author), Dipo Salimonu (political commentator & CEO at Ateriba) responding. Chair: Professor Dennis Judge In the summer of 1968, reports of starvation in the West African secessionist Republic of Biafra transformed the… Read More »

Books I’ve read this summer

1. Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout. The author uses published works on Louis Armstrong, and tape recordings privately made by Armstrong himself during the course of his life, to tell the story of one of the greatest musicians of the last century. If jazz is your thing, and you like Louis Armstrong, you… Read More »

The Emperor of All Maladies

I just started reading Sidhartha Mukherjee’s biography of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies. I am still in the first part but I can already see that it is a very well-written and nicely-paced book. This is how a New York Times review describes it: “The Emperor of All Maladies” is a history of eureka… Read More »

Helon Habila recommends three Nigerian fiction books

Helon Habila is a Nigerian novelist and poet. His first novel Waiting for an Angel won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book, Africa Region) in 2003. His three choices for Nigeria are; 1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 2. The Man Died by Wole Soyinka 3. The Famished Road by Ben Okri From… Read More »

Books I’m currently reading

1. Market and Society: The Great Transformation Today, edited by Keith Hart and Chris Hann. 2. Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa, by Jane Guyer. 3. Culture, Society, Economy: Globalization and its Alternatives, by Don Robotham.