The call of the wild, visions of lions and gleaming gold. The vibrant beat of drums or throb of peak hour traffic. South Africa is all this and more. If you’re dreaming of visiting South Africa, you might like to read some books that give you an idea of this vast and magnificent country with all its complexities and its beauty.
With two Nobel Literature Laureates among our many Nobel prize winners, here are a few of my favorite books set in South Africa. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so what books about South Africa would you add to the list?
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
The Anglo-Boer War 1899 - 1902 by Fransjohan Pretorius
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Country of my Skull by Antjie Krog
My Traitor's Heart by Riaan Malan
The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
Mafeking Road and Other Stories by Herman Charles Bosman