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Sierra Leone’s Independence Day is on April 27 and it is the perfect occasion to curl up with these amazing books written by Sierra Leonean writers to honor the literary and political heritage of this African nation.

We want to take this opportunity to celebrate some of the best literary treasures Sierra Leone has produced. Some of the books include gripping memoirs such as Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Eldred Jones’ The Freetown Bond: A Life under Two Flags. However, the large majority of the books below are breathtaking novels written by Sierra Leone’s finest such as Aminatta Forna’s award-winning title The Memory of LoveNamina Forna’s feminist fantasy tale The Gilded Ones, and Syl Cheney-Coker’s expansive novel The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar.

Check out the booklist below to find some literary gems just in time for Sierra Leone’s upcoming Independence Day!