An Alternative, Underground List of Favourite Books of 2011

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Yes I know 2011 is over but I just had to share this. I found an 'alternative, underground list of favourite books of 2011' on The Millions. What's cool is that a lot of the books on the list are African. What I love even more is that you get to see what some authors favourite books of 2011 were. Here's a little snippet, but if you want to know more check out The Alternative, The Underground, The Oh-Yes-That-One List of Favourite Books of 2011.

Doreen Baingana, author of Tropical Fish: Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou is, despite its misogynistic tendencies in parts, a brilliant book. A biting satire about desperate conditions and characters who hang out at a slum bar called Credit Gone West, it should make you cry, but you can’t help but laugh bitterly.

Nana Ayebia Clarke, founder of Ayebia Clarke Publishing: Deservingly selected as overall winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Best Book Prize, The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna tackles the difficult subject of war and its damaging psychological impact. Set in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of the civil war, Forna’s narrative brings together the good, the bad, and the cowardly in a place of healing: a Freetown hospital to which a British psychologist has come to work as a specialist in stress disorder. The story that unfolds is a moving portrayal of love and hope and the undying human spirit.

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