Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction (Commonwealth Writers #2) (Paperback)

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"Essays here range all across the [African] continent and across a multitude of topics, each handled with a graceful blend of memoir and reportage." - Devon, Book Culture Selects letter, Around the World, November

— From Book Culture Selects: November


Illuminating African narratives for readers both inside and outside the continent.

A Nigerian immigrant to Senegal explores the increasing influence of China across the region, a Kenyan student activist writes of exile in Kampala, a Liberian scientist shares her diary of the Ebola crisis, a Nigerian journalist travels to the north to meet a community at risk, a Kenyan author travels to Senegal to interview a gay rights activist, and a South African writer recounts a tale of family discord and murder in a remote seaside town.

In a collection that ranges from travel writing and memoir to reportage and meditative essays, editor Ellah Wakatama Allfrey has brought together some of the most talented writers of creative nonfiction from across Africa.

About the Author

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, editor, critic, and broadcaster, is former deputy editor of Granta magazine, series editor for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize, and the deputy chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She served as a judge on the 2015 Man Booker Prize panel. She lives in London, England.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781459735477
ISBN-10: 1459735471
Publisher: Dundurn Group
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Commonwealth Writers