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Arthur Schopenhauer


eBooks For Africa

This page features e-books for and about Africa, and focuses mainly on worthwhile titles published recently. 

Smashwords - eBooks - Latest Releases

Africa An Essay
Africa - An Essay
By Malobi Sinha

Published on August 20, 2013

"The ‘flame’ trees that lined the only road from Nairobi city to Jomo Kenyatta airport whizzed by as we drove past. Occasionally, a giraffe or impala stood out in the dusk, silhouetted against the setting sun, and a strange tugging at my heart made me want to stamp my feet and yell out “No! I want to stay! I don’t want to go!” I had a feeling of helplessness, as though precious riches were slipping through my fingers, and I couldn’t do anything at all to stop them."

This is an eyewitness account of a life spent growing up in Kenya, East Africa, until the attempted coup in 1983. It is indeed an essay on the times spent there.

"Sinha writes with fluidity, candor, as well as surprising layers of complexity..."

Miriam Was Here
Miriam Was Here
By Saleh Johar 

Published on August 18, 2013

This book is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted.

Africa Lives in My Soul: Responses to an African Childhood
By Nancy Henderson-James

Published on August 17, 2013

How do missionary kids really feel about growing up in Africa? This heartfelt book exposes their raw feelings about their childhoods in Angola and Congo from the 1930s to the 1960s. Variously called third culture kids, global nomads, or MKs, we share an overwhelming love for Africa along with a lifelong sense of not belonging in North America.

Suid-Afrikaanse Resepte uit my Ouma se Kombuis
Suid-Afrikaanse Resepte uit my Ouma se Kombuis
Deur Mabel van Niekerk

Gepubliseer op Junie 08, 2013

Gewetenlose Strate - Lewe in die Apartheid Polisie
Gewetenlose Strate
Deur Jacobus Kotze

Gepubliseer op Mei 02, 2013

Hierdie boek is nie jou gewone "troepie" boek nie maar 'n seldsame blik op die lewe in die Suid Afrikaanse Polisie Mag in die vyf jaar voor Mnr. Nelson Mandela vrygelaat is in Suid-Afrika. Die SAP was toe een van die mees gevreesde polisie magte in die wêreld en met rede ook. Gewetenlose Strate is outobiografies en gebaseer op feite. Dit is nie fiksie nie en sowat 460 Kindle bladsye lank.

Kindle Edition (English)
Mean Streets - Life in the Apartheid Police by Jacobus Kotze
(Book 1 College Days)

JACOBUS KOTZE is the author of several other online publications, written in South African English. Many of his books are FREE, among others, the following titles:
Please note: There is no guarantee that the titles mentioned above will always be available free of charge.

Africa has a Future
Africa Has A Future
By Peter Mutanda

Published on May 18, 2013

Africa Has a Future. Many challenges lie ahead but there is a way forward. This book explores the problems and possible solutions facing Africa today. "This book is a valuable contribution to the discourse" The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu "This book helps us engage with the question 'how did we get here in the first place?'" Dr Julius Mugwagwa, The Open University.

Nonfiction » Social Science » Africana
Nonfiction » History » Africa

Open Library
The World's classic literature at your fingertips. Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available. The Memoirs of Paul Kruger can be found here.
(A worthwhile read if you love true African adventures from South Africa's colourful past)

short sharp south african e-books (non-fiction)
short sharp south african e-books (non-fiction)