Malawi : Reading list

You can start getting into the country you are visiting before you go away by doing some background reading. Many hotels and camps have reference books for your enjoyment and interest, but you may want to do some reading in advance and the following list provides a few suggestions. We have also included novels about other parts of Africa which we thought you might enjoy.

Guide books and wildlife

  • The Bradt Travel Guide Malawi
  • Southern African Wildlife (Bradt), Mike Unwin
  • A Field Guide to African Wildlife, Peter Alden and Richard Estes
  • The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals, Richard Estes
  • Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa and Common Birds of Botswana, Ken Newman
  • Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands, Alan Kemp
  • Collins Field Guide Birds of East Africa, JG Williams and N Arnott

Biographies, novels and other interesting reading

  • Mukiwa, Peter Godwin
  • The Bang Bang Club, Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva
  • Don’t Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller
  • A Good Man In Africa, William Boyd
  • Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ernst Hemingway
  • Shadow of the Sun: My African Life, Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • Flame Trees of Thika, Elspeth Huxley
  • White Mischief, James Fox
  • Zanzibar Chest, Aiden Hartley
  • Zanzibar, Giles Fodden
  • The Last King of Scotland, Giles Fodden
  • No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith
  • Meet Me in Mozambique, E.A. Markham
  • The Africa House, Christina Lamb
  • Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela

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