Recommended reading list


Miles Bredin: The Pale Abyssinian

James Bruce: Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile

Angela Fisher: African Ark

Belay Giday: Ethiopian Civilisation

Graham Hancock: The Sign and the Seal

Ryszard Kapuscinski: The Emperor, Downfall of an Autocrat

Harold G Marcus: A History of Ethiopia (Updated Version)

Philip Marsden: The Barefoot Emperor  

Philip Marsden: The Chains of Heaven

Alan Moorehead: The Blue Nile                        

Virginia Morell: Blue Nile: Ethiopia’s River of Magic and Mystery                                                         

Stuart Munro-Hay: Ethiopia, the Unknown Land:  A Cultural and Historical Guide

Stuart Munro-Hay: Axum:  An African Civilisation of Late Antiquity                                                        

Dervla Murphy: In Ethiopia with a Mule

Thomas Pakenham: The Scramble for Africa

Richard Pankhurst: The Ethiopians. A History. 

Sven Rubenson: The Survival of Ethiopian Independence

Kevin Rushby: Eating the Flowers of Paradise: One Man’s Journey through Ethiopia and Yemen

Tahir Shah: In Search of King Solomon’s Mines

Edward Ullendorf: The Ethiopians

Evelyn Waugh: When the Going was Good

Evelyn Waugh: Waugh in Abyssinia

Bahru Zewde: A History of Modern Ethiopia


Philip Caputo: Horn of Africa

Camilla Gibb: Sweetness in the Belly

Nega Mezlekia: Notes from the Hyena’s Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood                                                        

Dinaw Mengestu: The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

Maaza Mengiste: Beneath the Lion’s Gaze

Abraham Verghese: Cutting for Stone


Terry Stevenson, John Fanshawe: Birds of East Africa (Helm Fieldguides)