Popular titles in the African Writers Series

I was curious about which titles in the African Writers Series from Heinemann were most popular, but I couldn’t find a complete list on their web site with which to begin. So, merging the Wikipedia entry on the African Writers Series with the african-writers-series shelf on Goodreads, I kept every title for which Wikipedia had a volume number and every title that had an edition from Heinemann. That’s probably not perfect. Anyway, I took the log of the number of people rating the book at Goodreads and multiplied it by the cube of the rating expressed as a percentage to yield a “top 40” list below.

  1. Naguib Mahfouz, Children of the Alley
  2. Steve Biko, I Write What I Like: Selected Writings
  3. Ayi Kwei Armah, Two Thousand Seasons
  4. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  5. Ayi Kwei Armah, The Healers
  6. Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North
  7. Naguib Mahfouz, Midaq Alley
  8. Doris Lessing, The Grass is Singing
  9. Buchi Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood
  10. Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
  11. Nelson Mandela, No Easy Walk to Freedom
  12. Ousmane Sembène, God’s Bits of Wood
  13. Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease
  14. Kwame Nkrumah, Neo Colonialism: The Last Stage Of Imperialism
  15. Mariama Bâ, So Long a Letter
  16. Chinua Achebe, A Man of the People
  17. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Petals of Blood
  18. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, A Grain of Wheat
  19. Chinua Achebe, Arrow of God
  20. Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah
  21. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Weep Not, Child
  22. Elechi Amadi, The Concubine
  23. Tawfiq Al-Hakim, Fate of a Cockroach: Four Plays
  24. Pepetela, Mayombe
  25. Tayeb Salih, The Wedding of Zein and Other Sudanese Stories
  26. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Devil on the Cross
  27. Bessie Head, When Rain Clouds Gather
  28. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, The River Between
  29. Bessie Head, Serowe, Village of the Rain Wind
  30. Ama Ata Aidoo, Changes: A Love Story
  31. Bessie Head, Maru
  32. Mia Couto, Every Man Is a Race
  33. Dambudzo Marechera, The House of Hunger
  34. Buchi Emecheta, Second Class Citizen
  35. Okot p’Bitek, Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol
  36. Bessie Head, A Question of Power
  37. Ferdinand Oyono, Houseboy
  38. Hama Tuma, The Case of the Socialist Witchdoctor and Other Stories
  39. Flora Nwapa, Efuru
  40. Luís Bernardo Honwana, We Killed Mangy-Dog and Other Stories