Suggested Books

Books I review or mention on this site will be permanently listed here for further reading. Postcolonial theory is a meaty endeavor – I try to suggest both fiction and non-fiction books that will help dissect topics discussed on this site. If you’re interested in learning more, check your local library for the following titles:


Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart (1958), Similar subjects: Colonialism, Historical Fiction, Nigeria

Chamoiseau, Patrick. Texaco (1997), Similar subjects: Social Activism, Historical Fiction, Martinique

Conway, Jill Ker. The Road from Coorain (1989), Similar subjects: Memoir, Country Life in Australia

Davies, Robertson. What’s Bred in the Bone (1985), Similar subjects: Art Forgers, Canada, Didactic Fiction

Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood: A Novel (1979), Similar subjects: Domestic Fiction, Nigeria, Motherhood

Hulme, Keri. The Bone People (1983), Similar subjects: Maori of New Zealand, Psychological Fiction

Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day (1998), Similar subjects: Country Homes, England, Historical Fiction

Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer. Heat and Dust (1975), Similar subjects: British Occupation of India, Historical Fiction

Mehta, Gita. A River Sutra (1993), Similar subjects: Fiction, India, Pilgrimages

Mukherjee, Bharati. Jasmine (1989), Similar subjects: Domestic Fiction, East Indian Americans

Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient (1992), Similar subjects: Historical Fiction, World War II

Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things (1997), Similar subjects: India, Psychological Fiction, Social Class

Ousmane, Sembène. God’s Bits of Wood (1995), Similar subjects: Fiction, Senegal, Strikes and Lockouts

Thiongʼo, Ngũgĩ wa. The River Between (1965), Similar subjects: Fiction, Kenya

Wainaina, Binyavanga. One Day I Will Write About this Place: A Memoir (2011), Similar subjects: Memoir, Kenya


Afzal-Khan, Fawzia, and Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks. The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial Studies (2000), Similar subjects: Postcolonialism

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (1991), Similar subjects: History, Imperialism, Nationalism

Arulpragasam, Mathangi Maya. M.I.A. (2012), Similar subjects: Biography, Graphic Arts, Music

Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffins, and Helen Tiffin. The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (1989), Similar subjects: English Literature, Postcolonialism

Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffins, and Helen Tiffin. The Postcolonial Studies Reader (1995), Similar subjects: English Literature, Postcolonialism

Bhabha, Homi K. Nation and Narration (1990), Similar subjects: Imperialism, Nationalism, Politics and Literature

Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture (1994), Similar subjects: Modern Literature, Politics and Culture

Esau, Erika. Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia & California 1850-1935 (2010), Similar subjects: Aesthetics, American Art, Architecture, Australian Art

Kerr, Joan. A Singular Voice: Essays on Australian Art and Architecture (2011), Similar subjects: Australian Art, Australian Architecture

Loomba, Ania. Colonialism/Postcolonialism (1998), Similar subjects: Postcolonialism

McLean, Ian. How Aboriginies Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art (2011), Similar subjects: Aboriginal Australian Art, Modern Art

Said, Edward W. Orientalism (1978), Similar subjects: Asia, Imperialism, Middle East

Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism (1993), Similar subjects: European Literature, Politics and Culture

Schwarz, Henry, and Sangeeta Ray. A Companion to Postcolonial Studies: A Historical Introduction (2002), Similar subjects: Postcolonialism