Michela Wrong

A century of Ethiopia’s turbulent history, seen through the life of one woman

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Yetemegn was barely eight years old when her parents married her off to a man in his thirties. Before she…

Rwanda is sliding into a new tragedy. And this time we’re funding it

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Never lighthearted, my African political exile friend sounded particularly lugubrious on the line from Washington. His voice was low and…

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…

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…