Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (Book Review)

I came across Nnedi Okorafor a few months ago when I was browsing TED Talks. In a talk at the TEDGlobal Conference in August 2017, she discussed Afrofuturism and read out some excerpts from her Binti novella trilogy and from Lagoon. In the talk, she said: "Science fiction is one of the greatest and most…

The Assault on Reason by Al Gore (Book Review)

I have a lot of time for Al Gore. He may be best known nowadays for his climate change activism, but it is his vast political experience that shines through in his book, The Assault on Reason. His years of experience in Congress and later as vice president during the Clinton administration have given him…

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty (Book Review)

I came across S. A. Chakraborty's book The City of Brass after seeing a couple of reviews on it from other bloggers in the blogosphere. It had been a while since I'd read a fantasy novel, so I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly Chakraborty transported me to the new worlds she'd created. The story begins…

Patrice Lumumba: May Our People Triumph (Book Review)

Patrice Lumumba was a Congolese independence leader and the first elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Considered a dangerous threat to colonial and international interests, he was assassinated in 1961. The collection Patrice Lumumba: May Our People Triumph contains some of his speeches, interviews and letters. The second half is devoted…

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Audiobook & Book Review)

One of Toni Morrison's best known novels, Beloved is an immensely moving account of loss, longing, memory and identity. Set against the backdrop of post-Civil War America, the story centres on Sephe, who has escaped from a life of slavery, and her family. It tells of the legacy of slavery and the physical and psychological…

The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer (Book Review)

This short and accessible book by bioethics expert Peter Singer certainly gives the reader food for thought. Singer does not mince his words and is clear in his beliefs. The average person, he opines, can and should be playing a part in reducing extreme poverty around the world, and the rich have an even heavier…

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo (Book Review)

I am a big fan of global economist Dambisa Moyo. Something about her cool, calm yet determined demeanour appeals to me. More than that, she has something to say, and she's not afraid to say it. Her book Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa was published…