Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's books include the novels Petals of Blood, for which he was imprisoned by the Kenyan government in 1977.

Other novels include A Grain of Wheat and Wizard of the Crow. He has written three volumes of the memoirs, Dreams in a Time of War, In the House of the Interpreter and Birth of a Dream Weaver, and several essays, including Decolonizing the Mind, Something Torn and New and Globalectics.

Recipient of many honours, among them ten honorary doctorates, he is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.

He was shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize 2009 for his body of work and was longlisted for The International Booker Prize in 2021 for The Perfect Nine.


Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

All nominated books

The Perfect Nine: The Epic Gikuyu and Mumbi