Michela Wrong

Elect of God, Conquering Lion of Judah and King of Kings, c.1930

The King of Kings and I: Haile Selassie, by his great nephew

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Great men rarely come smaller than Haile Selassie. In photographs, the golden crowns, pith helmets and grey felt homburgs he…

Robert Mugabe attends the funeral of Solomon Mujuru (Photo: Getty)

A murder mystery in Zimbabwe

8 August 2015 9:00 am

This novel comes with two mysteries attached, one substantial, the other superficial. The big mystery is the author’s identity. Gender-neutral,…

Blikkiesdorp, the shack settlement where Asad lived for the two years during which he and Jonny Steinberg collaborated on the book

Refugees and resilience: a story of Africa

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I would love to sit in on a Jonny Steinberg interview. Over the years this South African writer has perfected…


Witnesses in the heart of darkness

29 March 2014 9:00 am

When presented with a 639-page doorstopper which includes 82 pages of closely-written sources, notes and index, most of us feel…

A sign common in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1956 Photo: Getty

How to get around South Africa's many boundaries

15 February 2014 9:00 am

There are writers whose prose style is so fluid, so easy, the reader feels as though he has been taken…


Letter from Somaliland

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Ayan Mahamoud, one of the organisers of Hargeysa’s International Book Fair, has all the girly vulnerability of a factory-tested steel…


Africa's election aid fiasco

20 April 2013 9:00 am

It’ll take more than mobile phones and biometrics to make Africa’s elections fair and trusted

Change of heart

9 February 2013 9:00 am

A stomping bestseller is a hard thing to recover from. The author is doomed to see all future works compared…

The first casualty

29 September 2012 9:00 am

Some years ago, I was included in a round- robin from a group of African writers trying to whip up…

The making of a president

1 September 2012 9:00 am

When presented with a title of this kind, many readers think they know what to expect: drugged-up child soldiers, wince-inducing…

Not for sissies

3 December 2011 11:00 am

Nigeria is not exactly a tourist destination. A colleague chortles over the memory of trying to wangle his way in…

Who Killed Hammarskjöld? by Susan Williams

29 October 2011 11:00 am

When I was a Reuters trainee, long hours were spent in Fleet Street pubs absorbing the folklore of journalism from…

Lucky miss

9 July 2011 12:00 am

In Dreams From My Father, his exploration of race and roots, Barack Obama recalled the tales heard in childhood about the man who gave him his name.

Fear and loathing in the Congo

7 May 2011 12:00 am

Jason Stearns is a brave man. He once worked for the UN’s disarmament programme in eastern Congo, a job which required him to probe the forests around the town of Bukavu, seeking out members of the local Mai Mai militia.


When words fail

5 May 2010 12:00 am

Ignore the title, with its subliminal echoes of Mills & Boon.


In the shadow of Mau Mau

24 March 2010 12:00 am

When the Kenyan human rights campaigner, Maina Kiai, recently addressed the House of Commons, his list of policy recommendations probably surprised many MPs.


A sage on his laurels

13 January 2010 12:00 am

The Education of a British- Protected Child: Essays, by Chinua Achebe

Bluff and double-bluff

2 September 2009 12:00 am

Summertime, by J. M. Coetzee

Black humour

15 July 2009 12:00 am

The Worst Date Ever, by Jane Bussmann

When hopes were high

13 May 2009 12:00 am

Dons don’t usually appear to much advantage in fiction.

Killing with kindness

11 February 2009 12:00 am

Dead Aid, by Dambisa Moyo