8 Fascinating Books to read before visiting Uganda
The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda by Andrew Rice
A detective story with a historical background. It follows Duncan Laki, who is determined to get a measure of justice , thirty years after his father was executed because of his political opposition to the Idi Amin’s regime.
Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa
A novel that follows the life of Mugezi Muwaabi, a young man growing up in post-colonial Uganda. Set in the 1970s and ’80s, the book is also a great source of information about Uganda’s turbulent past from gaining independence in 1962 to Idi Amin’s regime and it’s aftermaths.
The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
A debut novel by British journalist Giles Foden. Written as a memoir, it is a story of a fictional Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan who becomes Uganda’s former dictator Idi Amin’s personal physician.
Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children by Faith J. H. McDonnell
Personal story of Grace Akallo, who at the age of fifteen was kidnapped by the rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army and forced to become one of northern Uganda’s thousands of child soldiers.
The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster by Tim Crothers
An inspirational story of Phiona Mutesi, an Ugandan chess player and her journey from Katwe, one of Kampala’s biggest slums to representing Uganda at the Chess Olympiads.
The Wizard Of The Nile: The Hunt for Africa’s Most Wanted by Matthew Green
Having spent five years in East Africa reporting for Reuters, Matthew Green heads off into a war zone to track Joseph Kony, a mysterious warlord and the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, known for abducting children and using them as child soldiers and sex slaves. In The Wizard of the Nile, Green is trying to answer one question: “How could one maniac leading an army of abducted children hold half a country hostage for twenty years?”
The Impenetrable Forest: Gorilla Years in Uganda by Thor Hanson
A memoir of Thor Hanson, a conservation biologist, who spent two years working on expanding ecotourism in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in order to save the mountain gorillas and the rain forest they live in.
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis Majors
An uplifting and inspiring memoir of Katie Davies, a founder of Amazima Ministries International NGO, who at the age of eighteen decided to move to Uganda and became an adoptive mother to thirteen girls.